New Shoe Bench Honors Barker Family Pharmacists

Shoe bench in Central Square. (Photograph courtesy of Team Haverhill.)

Visitors to Central Square, Bradford, will receive a bit of a history lesson with the installation of the latest shoe bench there by Team Haverhill.

More than 50 family and community members attended the dedication of “Three Generations of Pharmacists,” sponsored by the family of the late Joseph Barker and Paper Potpourri. It was the latest installation as part of Team Haverhill’s “Soles of Haverhill” series. The shoe is only a few doors away from where one of the Barker pharmacies once operated, according to Team Haverhill.

The bench theme was designed by artist Rob Sardella. Permanent plaques will be affixed to all of the new shoes later in the season.

Here is the complete list of shoe benches.

Title: “A Flourishing Future”
Artist: Rob Sardella
Sponsor: Pentucket Bank
Temporary Location: Pentucket Bank Stadium Branch
Final Location (2016): Harbor Place


Title: “Seymour the Lion” (See More with the Lions)
Artist: Dawn Evans Scaltreto
Sponsor: Haverhill Lions Club
Dedication: In memory of Kenny Parker, a noble Lion, gone much too soon
Location: Corner of Greenleaf and South Main Streets


Title: “The Sole of Education”
Artists: Marc Mannheimer, Jaclyn Marr, and Adam Dorgan
Sponsor: Northern Essex Community College
Location: NECC Haverhill, Campus-Side Entrance to Technology Center


Title: “Fishy Fashionistas”
Artists: Elizabeth Persing with Consentino School Students
Sponsors: Haverhill Public Schools Discovery Club and the STARS Residency Program of MA Cultural Council
Temporary Location: Riverwalk
Final Location (2016): Bradford Rail Trail

Title: “Footprints of Haverhill’s Future”
Artist: Emily Boulger, with staff and students of Community Action Inc.
Sponsors: Community Action, Inc. and Pentucket Bank
Final Location: TBD

Title: “Morning Slipper”
Artists: Michael Glowacki and Jill Barry
Sponsor: Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home
Location: Front Walk of Cogswell School/Art Center

Title: “Three Generations of Pharmacists”
Artist: Rob Sardella
Sponsor: The Barker Family and Paper Potpourri
Dedication: In memory of the Barker Pharmacists
Final Location (2015): Bradford Square

Title: “Dancing on the Merrimack”
Artists: Emily Boulger and Sharon Silverman
Sponsor: Public Contributions (organized by Shoe Town Art Studio) and Kayem Foods
Final Location (2015): Washington Square

Title: “A Footwear Timeline”
Artist: Anne Beaulieu
Sponsor: Pauline Meehan
Dedication: In Memory of Jaclyn Lucca Tahboub
Final Location: Nettle Middle School Grounds