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A Bench By The Road

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 15, 2017
1. A Bench By The Road Marker
Inscription.
There is no place you or I can go, to think about or not think about, to summon the presences of, or recollect the absences of slaves; nothing that reminds us of the ones who made the journey and of those who did not make it. There is no suitable memorial or plaque or wreath or wall or park or skyscraper lobby. There is no three-hundred-foot tower. There's no small bench by the road.
-Toni Morrison 1989


The Bench by the Road Project was launched by the Toni Morrison Society in honor of Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. This Bench is placed in recognition of the racial integration of Lisner Auditorium. On October 29, 1946, the opening night of the play Joan of Lorraine as the first commercial theater production in the Lisner Auditorium, the building was surrounded by protesters and picket lines. The protests were inspired by lead actress Ingrid Bergman, who was outraged by the theater's policy of racial discrimination. In response to continuing protests by the American Veterans Committee and others, the George Washington University Board of Trustees, in an action in 1947, decided that the university would no longer impose restrictions on attendance at the auditorium. This Bench provides a space for all who pass to contemplate the injustice of segregation—the enduring legacy of slavery—and
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 15, 2017
2. A Bench By The Road Marker with Bench in the Background
the pioneering acts that create change.

September 21, 2011
The George Washington University

 
Erected 2011 by The George Washington University.
 
Location. 38° 53.967′ N, 77° 2.81′ W. Marker is in Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 21st Street Northwest south of H Street NW, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. On the grounds of the Lisner Auditorium. Marker is at or near this postal address: 730 21st St NW, Washington DC 20052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. GW's River Horse (here, next to this marker); Ingrid Bergman (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); George Gamow (within shouting distance of this marker); Professors Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); At GW, Being Bright Comes Naturally (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Teller (within shouting distance of this marker); Announcement of the Atomic Age (within shouting distance of this marker); Free Mandela (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foggy Bottom.
 
Additional keywords. On the grounds of the Lisner Auditorium
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 15, 2017
3. A Bench By The Road

 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEducationEntertainment
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 15, 2017
4. Plaque on A Bench by the Road

A Bench by the Road
Placed by Evelyn and Scott Schreiber
and
The George Washington University
September 21, 2011
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 15, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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