Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 14:58:20 -0500
Subject: African American Exhibit, Phila.
X-Post: 18th Century Interdisciplinary Discussion
In light of recent threads on black characters and Caribbean lit., I thought people might be interested in the exhibition described below. I would also like to add that while most of what is on display is from the 19th and 20th centuries, there are earlier items, and the collection itself spans from the 16th to the 20th centuries. I would be happy to receive any questions about the collection and its use at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"An African American Miscellany: Selections from a Quarter Century of Collecting, 1970-1995," will be on view at the Library Company of Philadelphia from February 5 through September 27, 1996. The exhibition features rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials which have been added to the Afro-Americana Collection since 1970. These acquisitions have built on the strengths of the collection, including works on the exploration and description of Africa; development of the slave colonies in the Caribbean region, with particular interest in St. Domingue and the slave revolution that transformed it into Haiti; slavery and antislavery in North America; the rise and spread of American white supremacist thought; and the writings of hundreds of African Americans, slave and free. The exhibition is on view Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Admission is free.
February lecture and book signing. Award winning author Nick Salvatore will present a lecture, based on his book, "We All Got History: The Memory Books of Amos Webber", on Saturday, February 24, 1996, at 1:00 p.m. From the 1850's through the early 20th century, Philadelphian Amos Webber kept a journal chronicling what it was like to be a black American. Webber's journal has become the core of Salvatore's "We All Got History", the story of a region and a nation coming of age. Admission to the lecture is free, but pre-registration is required as seating is limited.
For more information call Eileen Shapiro or Phillip Lapsansky at (215) 546-3181. The Library Company of Philadelphia is located at 1314 Locust Street, in center-city Philadelphia. The exhibition and the accompanying lecture series have been generously supported by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Quaker Chemical Foundation. Additional lectures will be announced when scheduling is finalized.
Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107,br> (215) 546-3181
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