Monday, June 1, 2015

Inspiration Around the Corner: The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

Statue of Anne Frank at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

On Monday mornings, I enjoy walking along the Boise Greenbelt with a friend from church. The Greenbelt offers some tranquil scenes on the Boise River, such as the Pioneer Footbridge:

The highlight of today's walk, however, was the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial:

Designed by Idaho architect Ken Karst, the memorial blends the natural riverside environment with a 180-foot Quote Wall. You can read the words of poets, philosophers, children and others -- words of faith in humanity that echo Anne Frank's hopeful spirit. I particularly like this quotation from poet Maya Angelou:

Donor walls and pavers bear the names and thoughts of supporters of the memorial:

The memorial statue of Anne Frank portrays the young girl pushing back a curtain as if looking through a window. As I looked at the statue, I felt as though she was welcoming us to this place of hope and healing.

"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are truly good at heart."
Anne Frank

Idaho offers many natural and cultural attractions. If you visit the Boise Greenbelt, do take the time to visit the Anne Frank memorial. The experience will inspire you and stay with you long after you leave.


John G Evans said...

A great post with super photos! I especially liked the Anne Frank Memorial and the poetry by Maya Angelou! You did a super job and should walk a different area of the Greenbelt every Monday!!

Judith C Evans said...

Glad you liked the post, John! Lots to see in our city!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

I love the Greenbelt and have visited the Anne Frank Memorial numerous times. Beautiful tribute and gorgeous surroundings. The Treasure Valley is a beautiful place to live. Loved
the re-visit, seen through your eyes.

Judith C Evans said...

Glad you liked the post, Cecilia. I'm still discovering the treasures along the Greenbelt.