Library Honors Black History Month

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PUBLISHED 1/19/2022

In celebration of Black History Month, the library has created a black local legends handout. The library has previously created 12 other local legends bookmarks. This is a continuation of the library’s efforts to promote community history.

Library staff looked through local history documents and tried to create a well-rounded list with people who have contributed to the community in various ways. The list was capped at 20 people:

  • Leila Millford Barfield
  • Brig. General (Retired) Jesse R Cross
  • Rev. Vernon Cross
  • Rev. Jesse Davenport
  • Lt. Henry O. Flipper
  • Raymond L. Gates
  • Albert Johnson, Senior
  • Rev. Louis Kato Jones
  • Rev. Nathaniel Harmon “N.H.” Jones
  • Herbert C. “Prof” King
  • Lawrence P Kuykendall
  • William M. Lee
  • David B. Lewis
  • Adam Mathews Jr.
  • Dr. Eugene Augustus Owens
  • Sarah Elizabeth “Betty” Owens
  • William Robert Patterson
  • Tahronon Wayne “T.W.” Shannon
  • Rev. Charles William Whitlow
  • Dr. Valree F. Wynn

“We know there is local history just sitting in boxes in people’s closets and garages,” said Library Director Kristin Herr. “We now have a Digital Memory Center that we hope citizens will utilize to digitize documents and photos. The library would appreciate it if citizens donated copies of key historical documents.”

The Digital Memory Center’s slogan is “bringing the past into the present” –  the more history that is preserved, the richer our history.

The 20 notable black local legends handouts are available at both libraries. Bulk amounts are available; please call ahead for bulk requests.

For more information, please contact Tanya Organ, Community Engagement Librarian, at 580-581-3450 ext. 1711, or by email at @email.

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