PROVIDENCE, R. I. – The artist who is a house where Rosa Parks once lived in a work of art, says that he is working to ensure the house is shown in Rhode Island, even after the Brown University withdrew its support.
Ryan Mendoza says that he has a First Amendment right to the house.
Parks lived in the house for a time after she left the south for Detroit. It was on a demolition list for her niece saved and worked with Mendoza, who first brought it in pieces to Germany.
He worked with Brown to bring to Providence in the last month, but the Ivy League school is cancelled on Thursday , referring to an unspecified dispute with an institute that bears Parks’ name.
The house is about 80 percent assembled. Mendoza hopes to complete and open to the public.