Relatives question Rosa Parks' care

DETROIT, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Relatives of activist Rosa Parks, who lives in Detroit, question her care and financial affairs in light of lawsuits and tax liens.

The Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday that two charities to preserve the legacy of Rosa Parks have been entangled in lawsuits for nonpayment of bills and charged with $25,000 in tax liens by the federal and state governments.


Doctors have said the 91-year-old matriarch of the modern civil rights movement is in poor health and has dementia. She has a retirement income from the federal Civil Service and Social Security benefits.

In 1994, community leaders raised funds for Parks to live in the luxury Riverfront Apartments.

"We never had proof, but we always suspected something was amiss with Auntie Rosa," said Rhea McCauley, a niece who tried to become Parks' guardian in 2002.

Gregory Reed, Parks' lawyer said she was cared for and her business affairs are in order.

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