Funded in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB), the exhibit will remain on permanent display in the library's entrance to the gallery which features revolving shows by artists from the African Diaspora. It is dedicated to Samuel F. Morrison as "a visionary" who helped to establish the AARLCC and enjoyed an illustrious 26-year career as Broward County Library Director.
Visitors will be greeted by a lifelike robotic of Samuel F. Morrison, the catalyst behind the creation of the library, one of Greater Fort Lauderdale's premier cultural attractions. A sensor activated by each passersby activates the animatronic which features Morrison sitting at the edge of his desk poised to tell the story of the library and the surrounding community. Morrison's pre-recorded narration, as well as realistic gestures were developed with technological precision based on digital head and body scans.
"The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center plays a valuable role in our tourism initiatives and the cultural life of the African-American community and we see this endeavor as further expanding our commitment and support," said Albert Tucker, vice president for Multicultural Business Development for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The new display promises to become a must-see attraction for the thousands of multicultural visitors flocking to Greater Fort Lauderdale this summer for major events including the annual conference of the National Urban League and the American Tennis Association's 98th Annual Conference and Championships and Family Reunion Fun. For those who have visited the AARLCC in the past, the new Morrison robotic warrants another trip.