OLD SOUTHWEST: Columbia Public Library holds session on city's black community Thursday

Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 5:32 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, will hold a lecture on Columbia’s black community at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Staff at the library said Mary-Beth Brown, a former employee of the MU Western Manuscript Collection, will be the guest speaker for the lecture.

According to the library's website, Brown will use photos and documents of people such as Blind Boone and Annie Fisher and locations such as Douglass Park to display how Columbia’s black community was shaped.

The event is a spinoff of the library’s 2011 One Read program.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot was chosen for One Read this year. Staff said Thursday's lecture is included in the program because the time period that Lacks lived in relates to the evolution of the black community in Columbia.

The event will take place in the library’s Friend’s Room. For more information contact 573-443-3161.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.