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Library Hosts Exhibit to Celebrate Black History Month

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By Kevin O'Rourke

The Germantown Library will observe Black History Month with a month-long exhibit entitled the “Making a Difference: African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement.”

According to Senior Librarian Carolyn Bogardus, the exhibit is on loan from the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore where they were curated, written and designed by Vivian Fisher, manager of the African American Department and Jack Young, art director, with support from Joanna Kudlik. “This is the first time the collection has been loaned out to another site.”

The components of the exhibit feature photographic images and stories of African American Women who were instrumental in shaping the modern Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s to 1960s.

“We are so excited to have the exhibit here at the library,” said Bogardus. “Already we’ve had a number of library patrons comment on how great it is to see this in our library.”

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Bogardus said that because of the exhibit’s focus on African American women the collection will be held over until the end of March in conjunction with National Women’s History Month.

“Montgomery County Public Libraries is pleased to present this exhibit at the Germantown branch that will provide the community with a chance to learn more about the significant contributions that African American women made during the Civil Rights era in an interactive format,” said MCPL Director Parker Hamilton.

The exhibit may be seen throughout the building during the library’s hours: Sunday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm; Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The Germantown Library is located at 19840 Century Boulevard. Free parking is available.