Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1490 or Barbara Bryant (202) 707-9197

February 18, 1994

Major Events at the Library of Congress Mark Release of African-American Publication

WHAT: Exhibition tour: 1:00 p.m. Symposium: 2:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Reception: 5:30 p.m.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 23, 1994

WHERE: Library of Congress, Foyer of the James Madison Building (Sixth Floor). (Due to construction, please enter at the First and C Streets entrance, across from the Capitol South Metro Stop.)

Members of the press are invited to view an exhibition at the Library that is based on the contents of a new publication, The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture. The display features some of the Library's extraordinarily rich and varied African-American holdings. The Library of Congress has one of the largest collections of African-American materials--in all formats--in the world. Items on display include slave narratives and photographs, abolitionist broadsides, letters and other documents from freed slaves who left the United States to found the nation of Liberia, and much more.

Following the exhibition tour, leading experts in African- American research will discuss new developments in the African- American legacy. Panelists include: Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Garrow and John Fleming, Director of the National Afro-American Museum, and others who will describe research they have conducted using the Library's resources. (See attached program).

This event is free and open to the public.

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PR 94-036
ISSN 0731-3527

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