On Sunday, July 24th, the Toni Morrison Society placed its 20th Bench bythe Road at the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library. The Bench was placed in honor of Arturo Schomburg, the scholar and bibliophile for whom the Center is named. The 20x20 plaque including the following description that summarized the significance of the Bench Placement at the Schomburg Library:
"This Bench is placed to commemorate the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. During the Harlem Renaissance, the Schomburg Center—then known as The New York Public Library's 135th Street Branch—served as a major intellectual and creative destination for students, artists, and scholars. In 1926, the Library acquired the expansive personal collection of bibliophile and scholar Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. Born in Puerto Rico in 1874, Schomburg dedicated his life to documenting the lives of people of African descent. Schomburg's collection transformed the institution into a cultural and educational mecca to explore Black culture and history and laid the rich groundwork for establishing a library world-renowned for its preservation of invaluable collections of Black history. Today, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a cherished community institution that is recognized as the world's leading repository of materials related to the Black experience."
The Society will be completing a pictorial history of the first 20 Bench by the Road placements which should be published next fall.