Virtual Event

The 27th Bench by the Road Placement
Cartersville, Georgia, October 10, 2020


Bench Placement at Sullivan's Island, July 2008

The Toni Morrison Society's Bench by the Road Project is pleased to announce the placement of our 27th Bench and Historic Plaque in Cartersville, Georgia, this Saturday October 10th, 2020. This Virtual Event will be held in partnership with The Etowah Bush School and The Summer Hill Foundation, and will commemorate the role that enslaved men, women, and children played in the building of the historic W&A Railroad and the Cartersville Train Depot.  After the Civil War, African-American convict-lease laborers also contributed to the construction of the railroads by repairing and expanding the tracks. During the Great Migration, these same railroads provided an important first step to freedom for African- Americans seeking a better way of life in the North and the West. This bench placement will join 19 other sites along the Cartersville-Bartow County African American Heritage Trail.

Video of Today's Program:

Bench by the Road Cartersville Georgia Unveiling Program

Cartersville-Bartow African American Heritage Trail: