The Bench by the Road Project is a signature program of the Toni Morrison Society serving as a memorial history and community outreach initiative. The Project was launched on February 18, 2006, on the occasion of Toni Morrison’s 75th Birthday. The name “Bench by the Road” is taken from Morrison’s remarks in a 1989 interview with The World Magazine, where she spoke of the absences of historical markers that help us remember the lives of Africans who were enslaved and how her fifth novel, Beloved, served in that symbolic role. The goal of the Bench by the Road Project is to create an outdoor museum that will mark important locations in Black history both in the United States and abroad.Since 2006, the Toni Morrison Society has placed 11 Benches.
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