Thursday, April 01, 2010

Tree Planting Ceremony to Honor Anne Frank

Chestnut tree outside the Anne Frank House“We both looked up to the blue sky, the horse chestnut whose bare branches glittered with droplets, the gulls and the other birds that seemed made of silver as they swooped by.” Anne Frank, February 23, 1944

On Sunday, April 11, a horse chestnut tree will be planted to symbolize how the courage of those who faced harsh intolerance has inspired our community’s growth into acceptance and hope. The tree is similar to one described by Anne Frank, a German-Jewish teenager who was forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust, as she gazed out the window of the room where she hid with her family for almost three years.

A dedicatory plaque will be inscribed with Anne Frank’s words: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Five Birmingham organizations join together to make this dedication titled “Roots of Courage; Branches of Hope” a program of remembrance and renewal.

For more information on this program visit BPL's Press Room.

"Roots of Courage; Branches of Hope" ceremony
Kelly Ingram Park
Sunday, April 11
1:00 p.m.

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