A living "African-American Builders of Topeka" exhibit opens Friday

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TOPEKA (WIBW) -- Alice C. Sabatini Gallery inside the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library is ready to display stories of the “African-American Builders of Topeka.”

Our community has created a living exhibit that highlights the stories of African-Americans in Topeka and Shawnee County. The stories of our community builders do not end here. Our history is made every day! African-American Builders of Topeka will be on display from this Friday through March 11th.

As you walk through this exhibit you will discover people, their stories and the objects that are important to them. Their experiences tell the story of our community. Featured leaders are Jack Alexander, Timothy Bell, Glenda DuBoise, Annette Billings, Blanche Parks, Chris Omni, Lester Wilson, Lazone Grays, Jr., Norma Avery, Dr. Beryl New, Sean Hall, Yolanda Taylor, Don Perkins and Tamafar Smith.

You will be able to explore their stories, contemplate the timelines, and hear their StoryCorps interviews. Visitors are encouraged to add their builder story to our community wall and help grow the exhibit through oral histories as well.

Also, head in the other direction for 2018's first Friends of the Library book sale coming up January 19-21 inside Marvin Auditorium! Three more sales will be held quarterly, and this takes the place of the annual Book Sale at the Ag Hall each fall.