Detroit house was saved in 2016 by the US artist Ryan Mendoza and Parks’s niece Rhea McCauley

In 2016, the Berlin-based US artist Ryan Mendoza and Rhea McCauley, the niece of Rosa Parks, teamed up to save the civil rights activist’s Detroit home from demolition. Now, the structure is heading to another block: the New York auction house Guernsey’s, where it is due to be auctioned tomorrow (26 July) with an estimate of $1m-$3m. 

Parks initially lived in this three-bedroom house, then owned by her brother, with 17 relatives after she left the south in 1957 for what she later referred to as “the Northern promised land that wasn’t”.