On June 25th at the Dumas Center, the Gainsboro Branch Library will be hosting Defiant Libraries: Virginia Lee and the Secrets Kept by Good Bookladies, a lecture and book event honoring the legacy of librarian Virginia Lee. A lecture by Laura Helton, assistant professor at the University of Delaware and author of Scattered and Fugitive Things: How Black Collectors Created Archives and Remade History, will highlight Virginia Lee’s clandestine fight against access restrictions on Black readers and Black literacy during Segregation in Roanoke.

Following Helton’s lecture will be a panel discussion, moderated by Nelson Harris, with special guests Dr. Curtis Reeves, Jr., Dr. Alvin and Virginia Schexnider, family of Virginia Lee, and Carla Lewis, former librarian of the Gainsboro Branch Library.

Exclusive event book sales will be by Book No Further.

When:  Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Where: The Dumas Center, auditorium, 108 Henry St. N.W
Time: 6:30 pm

This is one interesting lecture you will not want to miss, so SAVE THE DATE!!


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