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All week long—and in honor of his birthday on April 11—#OakPark‘s Special Collections team is sharing information via displays in the library and on the library’s social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) about this great American research chemist and pioneer.

Visiting the library?

Be sure to check out onsite displays to learn about Dr. Julian’s life and work.

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And did you know…

  • There is a sculpture of Dr. Percy Julian facing the Main Library entrance on the border of Scoville Park?
  • All three Oak Park Public Library locations are tied together thematically by the use of quotations in their spaces. At the Dole Branch Library, Dr. Percy Julian’s quote appears, painted in the building design, from a speech he gave in response to the tributes paid to him by educators and scientists when a laboratory was dedicated to him at MacMurray College in 1972. The text of the speech (and the quote) can be found in ‘Percy Lavon Julian, A Tribute’ (Jacksonville, Illinois: MacMurray College, 1972), p. 23. It is also mentioned in this PDF; the extended quote can be found on page 5 with the footnote and publication details on page 4. “I would forever fight to keep hope alive.”