Gems of the CollectionPOEMS web

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

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Featured Reference Collection Item:  

Jet Magazine was a weekly publication, founded in 1951 by the Johnson Publishing Co. in Chicago, Illinois. The Auburn Avenue Research Library holds issues from 1970 to 2008, please contact Reference for information on available issues.


This week in Jet Magazine: February 24, 1972, an image of feminist and social activist Angela Davis is on the cover. Davis a Birmingham native emerged as an activist in the 1960s and worked as a professor for the university system of California. Davis’s autobiography titled Angela Davis is available in the Auburn Avenue Research Library’s Reference Division.



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Children's Gallery Exhibit

JANUARY 28, 2019 - MARCH 31, 2019


The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Hammond's House Museum, is hosting Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song, a compelling new exhibition featuring the illustrated children’s literature of award-winning artist/illustrator Charly Palmer. 

These vivid paintings pulsing with color, movement, and emotion creating a driving visual narrative that alight on significant events, in the life of Miriam Makeba, such as her flight from her homeland in disguise, her powerful testimony at the United Nations, the horrific Soweto killings, and Nelson Mandela’s release from jail, ending with the singer’s triumphant return home after apartheid is ended.

Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award-winning South African singer, rose to fame in the hearts of her people at the pinnacle of apartheid―a brutal system of segregation similar to American Jim Crow laws. Mama Africa, as they called her, raised her voice to help combat injustice.

Charly Palmer is a graphic designer, illustrator, and fine artist who studied art and design at the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago. Mama Africa! is his first picture book.





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Atlanta: Remembrances from Beyond the Veil


The Art of Mary Parks Washington



                       Recycling of the Old

              Pencil and Mixed Media, 1993


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Our latest fine art exhibition features part of the AARL's archived collection of works by Mary Parks Washington.


Mary Parks Washington was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 20, 1924. Her artistic talent was first recognized by her teachers at Booker T. Washington High School. Washington attended Spelman College where she majored in art and studied under three prominent artist; sculptors Elizabeth Prophet, William Artist, and the painter Hale Woodruff. This exhibition is from the AARL Fine Art Collection and the Mary Parks Washington Papers available for public research.