Martin Luther King Jr.’s Bench

A responsible conservator knows they should never alter the material character of an object, and this unassuming little bench is a perfect example of following that maxim. This metal bench was in the Birmingham, Alabama jail cell from which MLK wrote his now-famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” following his arrest for a planned nonviolent protest in that city.

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Sukari Keetin
Stations of the Cross Painting Replication

Materials Conservation removed 12 panels depicting the Stations of the Cross from the shuttered Saint Francis of Assisi Church in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Our task to clean and restore the paintings was fairly straightforward. What was more challenging was the recreation of the remaining two paintings in the Stations series, stolen from where they hung inside the church when it closed its doors.

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Sukari Keetin