Rosa Parks US Civil Rights Legend’s House Displayed In Naples

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Rosa Parks US Civil Rights Legend’s House Displayed In Naples

The one-time home of US civil rights legend Rosa Parks has gone on display inside the Royal Palace of Naples.
In 1955 Parks refused to give up her seat on a racially segregated bus in Alabama – a key moment in the US civil rights moment.
She received death threats and moved north to Detroit, where she briefly lived in the white clapboard house with relatives.
After a legal dispute in the US the house is now on display in Italy.
The US Congress has referred to Parks as “the first lady of civil rights”.

On 1 December 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger and was arrested for civil disobedience.
The incident led to a year-long bus boycott in the city. In November 1956, a federal court ruled that bus segregation was unconstitutional, and Parks was immortalised as a key figure in the fight against institutionalised racism.
Detroit city authorities planned to demolish the two-storey building after the financial crisis in 2008. But Parks’s niece Rhea McCauley bought it from Detroit officials for $500 and donated it to US artist Ryan Mendoza.
Mr Mendoza tried to have the city save the building but in 2016 took it apart and moved it to Berlin for display at his studio.

In 2018, Brown University in Rhode Island said it would display the house as part of a civil rights exhibition. But it then dropped out because of a legal dispute with her family.
Mr Mendoza later contacted the Morra Greco Foundation where he previously worked. The body agreed to show the house at the Royal Palace in Naples, with the backing of the regional government in Campania.

Rosa Parks US Civil Rights Legend’s House Displayed In Naples

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