Delaware Historical Marker
The Bench by the Road project is a wonderful project that plays an important role in remembering the lives of enslaved Africans. Benches are placed in locations throughout the world that hold historical significance of African-Americans. This project is the initiative of the Toni Morrison Society; so far they have placed 12 benches. As of last week, Friday the 17thof April another bench was dedicated here in Middletown, Delaware in front of the Middletown High School.
The celebration started in the auditorium of the school with opening remarks, chorus of Lift Every Voice & Sing (Negro National Anthem), invocation, presentation on the history of The Bench by the Road project and one of my favorite was the poem by Langston Hughes, read by Rev. Patricia Walker, pictured below “I Am the Negro Mother”. Upon completion of the ceremony that took place inside we then gathered outside of the auditorium and walked outside of the building for the unveiling of the benches and historical marker. Leading the way were the Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware.
Rev. Patricia Walker Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware
A BENCH BY THE ROAD A BENCH BY THE ROAD
PLACED BY PLACED BY
APPOQUINIMINK FRIENDS MEETING MIDDLETOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
APRIL 17, 2015 APRIL 17, 2015
Curious about the other bench locations and when they were placed, maybe this might help.
· Sullivan’s Island, S.C. placed on 26thJuly 2008
· Oberlin, Ohio placed on 23rd April 2009
· Hattiesburg, Miss placed on 3rd October 2009
· Paris, France placed on 6th November 2010
· Concord, Mass. placed on 21st May 2011
· George Washington University placed on 23rdSeptember 2011
· First Congregational Church, UCC, Atlanta, GA placed on 27th May 2012
· Lincoln, Mass placed in September 2012
· Mitchelville, SC placed in October 2012
· Fort-de-France, Martinique placed in June 2013
· Eden Cemetery, Collingdale, PA placed in April 2014
The Bench by the Road Project