Katharine Drexel/Knights Road Branch

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Item No: pdcf00215
Title: Katharine Drexel/Knights Road Branch
Additional Title: Young library patrons around the sculpture, "The Reading Bench," at the Katharine Drexel Branch, 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 are young library patrons, admiring the teakwood sculpture, “The Reading Bench.” Created by Evelyn Keyser, it is seen here in situ, inside the entrance to the library.  It was commissioned for the 1% For Art program.

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 Longitude:-74.973392
Geocode Latitude:40.084011