Katharine Drexel/Knights Road Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00214
Title: Katharine Drexel/Knights Road Branch
Additional Title: Finished sculpture, "The Reading Bench," 1970
Historic Street Address: 11099 Knights Road
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 The Knights Road Branch of the Free Library opened on September 24, 1969. It was renamed the Katharine Drexel Branch later that year, in honor of the Philadelphia heiress who founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, an order devoted to the education of African American and Native American children. She was named a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in 2000.

Pictured here (still in the studio) is the newly-finished teakwood sculpture, “The Reading Bench,” by Evelyn Keyser. Commissioned for the 1% For Art initiative, it was placed in the entrance of the Katharine Drexel Branch in 1970.

Located at Knights and Fairdale Roads, this branch serves the communities of Normandy, North and West Torresdale, Morrell Park, Millbrook, Parkwood, Crestmont Farms, Brookhaven, and Walton Park.

Creation Year: 1970
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Latitude:40.084011
Geocode Longitude:-74.973392