Connecting you to Black history, then & now

Your public library is here to connect us with each other through books, resources, and experiences that celebrate Black history and culture.

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Julian Family Photo Courtesy of DePauw University Archives and Special Collections.

View the Julian Legacy Museum in the Idea Box

The Julian Legacy Museum in the Main Library Idea Box highlights the academic achievements, professional contributions, humanitarian endeavors, and family life of Drs. Percy L. Julian and Anna Johnson Julian.

This exhibit is open for specific hours and days from Sunday, February 4 through Monday, March 4.

  • Exhibit open hours: Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, February 4-March 4, 2-4 pm, Main Library Idea Box.
  • Public reception: Sunday, February 4, 1-4 pm, Main Library Veterans Room. Register now »

Attend upcoming events

Living Legacies & the Black History of Oak Park
Saturday, February 24, 1-2:30 pm, Main Library

Join us for an honest and inspiring conversation with three of Oak Park's remarkable Black elders on the history of our community, their lived experiences and wisdom, and where we go from here on Saturday, February 24, 1-2:30 pm, at the Main Library. Register now »

Black History Celebration of Gospel Music
Sunday, February 25, 3-5 pm, Main Library

Join various gospel choir members and singers in a Black History Celebration of Gospel Music. Journey with us from Thomas Dorsey through Maverick City Singers. Register now »

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