Police are looking for thieves who vandalized and ransacked an apartment building in Montgomery, Ala., where renowned civil rights activist Rosa Parks lived at the time of her arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat, Reuters reports. The building, which is also a small museum and is on the National Register of Historic Places, was apparently the target of the thieves because of its copper pipes.
The thieves tore down walls in the apartment to strip the copper pipes but did not badly damage replica furnishings that were in Parks’ apartment. The building was empty at the time because it is being renovated in order to be turned into a bigger museum, Reuters notes.
“It is a travesty that someone could disrespect the dignity and honor of Mrs. Parks by causing immeasurable damage to her home,” Montgomery Housing Authority Executive Director Evette Hester said, according to Reuters.
The police do not believe that the apartment was targeted because of its historic significance.
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