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Celebrate Black History Month

Gallery on the Avenue 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.

James Vann: Art & Soul

February 3 - 27, 2020

Experience the style and look of musical masterpieces on canvas. James Vann feels strongly about preserving the legacy of jazz music and keeps it alive through his Neo-Cubist paintings. Characterized by big, bright and bold geometric shapes, Vann’s paintings make you see and feel the music. The exhibit is located in the front lobby and is open during hours of operation

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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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Discover Our Local Black History

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African Americans & the Vote: Instantly Read, Listen and Watch with Your Library Card! Discover Hoopla

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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