PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The former family house of Rosa Parks is on its way to Brown University for a three-month exhibition expected to open April 3.
Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice has organized the repatriation of the house to the U.S. and is partnering with WaterFire Providence to make it accessible to the public, according to a university news release. Since 2016, the house has been on public display in the Berlin, Germany, backyard of American artist Ryan Mendoza.
The house was carefully disassembled and is en route to Providence, where it will be installed at the WaterFire Arts Center. After weeks of reassembly and preparation, the public will be invited to engage with the legacy of Parks’ activism and the Civil Rights Movement in an exhibit space Brown is preparing at a former factory WaterFire has renovated in Providence.
“The intensity of our current national discourse around issues of race demonstrates the urgency of addressing the issues Rosa Parks confronted,” said Brown President Christina Paxson in a news release. “The opportunity to host the Rosa Parks house will build on a tradition of dialogue at Brown on race, racism and the legacies of slavery.”
In addition, public programs and a speaker series associated with the exhibition will provide an opportunity to grapple with the continuing impact of racism in America. The exhibit will be free to the public, including tours and visits for youth, families and public schools.
Funding for the Rosa Parks House project comes from Brown University with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Bank of America and the Nash Family Foundation of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, as well as other foundations.