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Princeton Public Library Hosts Artwork Exhibit from African American Children’s Literature

“Telling A People’s Story,” an exhibit of art found within the pages of African American children’s literature, will be on view on the first and third floors of Princeton Public Library from Oct. 1-30.

On loan from the Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, Ohio, the traveling exhibit features art produced as book illustrations and spotlights the cultural, historical and social makeup of African American cultural identity while raising awareness of the role African American illustrators and authors play in the field of children’s literature.

The exhibit goes beyond providing a look into the struggles of African Americans and celebrates the complex and diverse African American experience through a lens intended for children and young readers. Themes and time periods include African Origins, Middle Passage, Slavery, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance, Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement.

Other themes draw attention to historical figures in politics, music, sports, arts, and entertainment. The selection of approximately 130 works on display includes paintings, pastels, drawings and mixed media works. Featured are works by more than 30 artists, spanning nearly 50 years of creativity. Many of of the works have received top awards and honorable mentions from major literary organizations, including the John Newbery Medal, the Randolph Caldecott Award and the Coretta Scott King Awards.

Some of the artists whose works are part of the exhibit, including Floyd Cooper, Jerry Pinkney and Shadra Strickland, have appeared at the library as part of the Princeton Children’s Book Festival.

“We’re excited that this exhibit will be available for visitors to this year’s Princeton Children’s Book Festival to view,” said Susan Conlon, head of the Youth Services Department. “The festival is back on Hinds Plaza on Oct. 8 this year, and we hope everyone will take some time to go into the library to experience “Telling a People’s Story.”


“Telling A People’s Story” is presented through support by the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with The Paul Robeson House of Princeton and the Witherspoon Jackson Cultural and Historical Society.








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