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Black History Month

Art Gallery at Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library

In addition to the public art display the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library is pleased to feature a small art gallery, sponsored by the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library Foundation, featuring local African American artists.

First Exhibit Artist: Ladale Lloyd

February 1, 2019 - March 8, 2019

The first exhibit begins February 1 and features photo-real portraits and landscapes of award-winning artist Ladale Lloyd. It is located in the front lobby and is open during hours of operation, from February 1 to March 8.

A reception for Mr. Lloyd will follow on Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. and is funded by the Ada T. Payne Friends of the Urban Libraries. All are welcome to attend.

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Black History in the Tampa Bay Area

Our Lives, Our Legacies: The Hillsborough Black Experience

The goal of this online collection is to record and preserve the stories of African American residents in Hillsborough County.

St. Peter Claver 9th grade graduation class of 1948

This project began when the library was awarded a grant from 'StoryCorps @ your library,' a national program designed to encourage multi-format public programming on broad themes of oral narrative, local history and heritage.

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AfroCon: A Celebration of Diverse Superheroes

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Saturday, March 30. AfroCon is a celebration of diverse superheroes. This free family-friendly event will highlight superheroes of color through crafts, a fan art contest, photo ops, an escape room, gaming, a cosplay contest, and more.

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Black History Reads

Explore our titles to learn more about the important contributions by African Americans to art, science, sports, and pop culture.

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