Gems of the CollectionPWheatley

Rare Book Collection:
Wheatley, Phyllis.
Poems on various subjects, religious and moral, 1773.

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The Legend of the Black Mecca

Politics and Class in the Making of

Modern Atlanta


Sweet Auburn Reads

Community Book Signing and Lecture

 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 31. 



Black Mecca


The Auburn Avenue Research Library, (AARL) in collaboration with the Sweet Auburn Reads, and Georgia State University's African American Studies Department will host Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University, Dr. Maurice J. Hobson, who will discuss his latest publication, The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta. Skillfully examined through the prism of the black New South, Dr. Hobson exposes the historical schism between the Atlanta’s Black political elite, and poor and working-class citizens, complicating the long-held view of the city as the mecca for black people. This event launches "Sweet Auburn Reads" AARL’s new book quarterly communal reading group dedicated to the exploring Atlanta’s rich contemporary black literary scene. The first title selected is The Legend of the Black Mecca by Dr. Maurice J. Hobson. We invite the public to read this book and join us on April 28, 2018, for a collective discussion.




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Documenting African American Education:  The Auburn Avenue Research Library and the Digital Library of Georgia NHPRC Digitization Project


                       Mrs  Selena Sloan Butler 5

                   Mrs. Selena Sloan Butler


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In 2010 the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL), a special library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (AFPLS), and the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) received funds from the National Historical Papers and Records Commission (NHPRC) to digitize and make Web-accessible late nineteenth and mid-twentieth century manuscript collections that document the historical development of education for African Americans, primarily in the South, from the early 1860s to the early 1950s. The eleven collections digitized for this grant are accessible via our AARL Finding Aids webpage. The collections include: Atlanta University Collection, Adam Knight Spence and John Wesley Work Collection, Samuel Archer Collection, Sanford Lee Papers, Auburn Branch Library Records, Annie L. McPheeters Papers, Helen Adele Johnson Whiting Papers, Peyton Austin Allen Papers, James Frank Harrison Family Collection, Selena Sloan Butler Family Papers and the William B. Matthews Papers.


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