Rosa Parks’ Memorabilia In Harlem Warehouse

April 14, 2014

rosa-parks-archiveRosa Parks’ lifetime belongings continue to sit unsold in a Harlem warehouse. The decades-old civil rights memorabilia, including her Presidential Medal of Freedom and a signed postcard from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has been up for auction since 2006.

But so far no-one has put in a bid for the astonishing collection – said to be worth between $8 million and $10 million.

When Parks died in 2005, aged 92, she had intended for her possessions to go to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development.

Longtime friend Elaine Steele, who heads up the institute, told that Parks had wanted people to see the mementos and learn from her life.

But they were seized by a court after her nieces and nephews challenged the document.

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A judge ordered that the collection – including photographs with presidents, tributes from world leaders, school books, family Bibles, clothing and furniture – be sold all in one go.

They were removed from her Detroit home and offered up to the highest bidder via Guernsey’s Auctioneers.

But a serious offer is yet to be made, reports

It means the items cherished by Parks – a symbol of the movement for refusing to cede her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man – continue to languish in a warehouse.

Steele said the items’ future could finally be resolved one way or another “in the next six months,” and remains hopeful that they will one day be put on display for all to see.

We look forward to the work being shown at the Schomburg. What do you think?

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