There is a very interesting article in The New York Times today about a new memorial to the victims of slavery. This "bench on the side of a road" is located in South Carolina, where 40 percent of slaves debarked from their ships. Toni Morrison, the wonderful writer, has spearheaded this project which will eventually include 10 benches in spots that have a significant connection to African American history. The design was chosen for its "simplicity and accessibility."
In a way, this bench project reminds me of the Museum's Garden of Stones for its sheer beauty, juxtaposition to nature, and ability to inspire contemplation.
I just hope that there will be an educational initative that goes along with the memorial. The best thing that a memorial can do is encourage visitors to learn more. If you are interested, a good place to start is the online exhibit of Slavery in New York, an amazing exhibit that took place at the New York Historical Society. I personally learned so much from this exhibit which tried to "rediscover the collective and personal experiences of Africans and African-Americans in New York City."