Henry Ford Centennial Library

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The Henry Ford Centennial Library is the main library of the Dearborn Public Libraries in Dearborn, Michigan.

History

In 1963, to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford, the Ford Foundation donated three million dollars to the City of Dearborn to construct a memorial library. On Ford's actual hundredth birthday, the Ford Motor Company deeded 15.3 acres (62,000 m2) of land to the City of Dearborn for the building. Construction began and the library was formally dedicated in 1969.[1]

Artwork

A statue of Ford, created by Marshall Fredericks, was commissioned in 1968. It was dedicated in 1975.[2]

The first floor of the library houses the Rotunda Gallery, a free public art gallery, "managed cooperatively by the Dearborn Library Commission and the Dearborn Community Arts Council."[3] Also present in the Rotunda is a reflecting pool and serpentine wall created by Glen Michaels. The spiral staircase connecting all three floors surrounds a large hanging tapestry created by Michaels. Another of Michaels's artworks, a bas-relief mural of the United States that had originally been part of the Ford Pavilion at the New York World's Fair, is on the library's second floor.[4]

Special Programs

A free movie is offered to the public every Monday night.

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