Blessing a bench in Adrian

The people of Adrian dedicated a bench in memory of those who traveled through the region on the Underground Railroad.

 

REV. DR. CHRISTOPHER P. MOMANY
Chaplain, Adrian College

Recognizing and respecting the agency of others is at the heart of God’s justice. It calls us to listen, to hear, and to affirm. That is what happened recently on a crisp Friday afternoon in October.

The people of Adrian, a city in southeastern Michigan, dedicated a bench in memory of those who traveled through the region on the Underground Railroad.

This memorial is not like other memorials. It is a series of benches sponsored by the Toni Morrison Society, an organization named after and led by the Nobel-prize winning author. These benches document, in tangible form, the holy ground along freedom’s journey.

The benches are located in places like Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Concord, Massachusetts, and even Paris, France and Fort-de-France, Martinique. The 21st bench was dedicated last spring at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The Adrian bench is No. 22 in the series.

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