African American History Month

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"Black Migrations"

African American History Month brochure

african american kids vintage photo"What's Your Smyrna Story?" 
Family & Smyrna History Collection Day

Saturday, January 19, 2018
12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
Smyrna Library, Meeting Room

The Smyrna Museum wants your story. While the museum is undergoing a total renovation of its exhibits, the museum staff is looking for pictures, records and artifacts about Smyrna history, especially history of the Rose Garden Hills area. Photographs and letters will be scanned on site and given back to the owner that day.


Book Discussion: Friends Reading Group
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Smyrna Library, Conference Room

Discussion of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's "The Great American Read."

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. 


Tunis_CampbellSunday Lecture: "Tunis Campbell: Reconstruction Politician"
Sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library
Sunday, February 10, 2019
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Smyrna Library, Meeting Room

Tunis Campbell was the highest-ranking and most influential African American politician in nineteenth-century Georgia. Born to free black parents in New Jersey in 1812, Campbell worked as an abolitionist, often sharing a stage with Frederick Douglass. After the Civil War, he worked for the Freedmen's Bureau in Georgia and served as vice president of the Republican Party of Georgia. As a justice of the peace, a minister, and a politician, he worked to protect the rights of freed African Americans during Reconstruction.

henrys freedom boxStories of the African American Experience: "Freedom in Henry's Eyes"
told by Gloria Stowers

Thursday, February 28
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Smyrna Library, Meeting Room
All ages

Stories based on the book, Henry's Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine. Kids and adults will learn the meaning of slavery, and the reasons for it. Come for an evening of entertaining, meaningful and enlightening stories.



harriet tubman bwColoring Contest
For children ages 0-12 years old

Pick up a coloring sheet at the Youth Services Desk on the First Floor. Color and return by Thursday, February 28, for a chance to win a copy of 28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith.