The house had been on a demolition list until it was saved by Parks’ niece and artist Ryan Mendoza, who moved it to Berlin. He brought it back to the United States in pieces last month with Brown’s backing, and was reassembling it when the Ivy League university made the abrupt announcement Thursday.
Parks’ niece, Rhea McCauley, called the decision a missed opportunity and said the university had not consulted with the family.
“They made this decision on their own,” she said.
Brown cited an unspecified dispute involving the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, which Parks co-founded but which has feuded with relatives in the past. Brown spokesman Brian Clark said in an email that the university “took steps quickly upon learning recently about the dispute.”