Get a free behind-the-scenes tour of the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. There will be two tour opportunities: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (lasts about an hour). More tours may be offered if there is a large audience turn-out.
A Harsh Research Collection archivist will tell the story of visionary librarian, Vivian G. Harsh who founded the archive. Guests will also view archival artifacts and manuscripts from the collections of three local Chicago women:
· Marjorie Stewart Joyner was national supervisor of Madame C.J. Walker Beauty Colleges, chair of Chicago's Bud Billiken Parade and Chicago Defender Charities, benefactor of Bethune-Cookman College and an activist in the Democratic Party in Chicago.
· Rev. Addie Wyatt was a co-pastor (with her husband) at Vernon Park Church of God for more than four decades. Addie Wyatt was a meatpacking worker and union activist in the 1940s. Her determination to fight for social justice led her to union leadership roles, culminating in her election as vice president of the Amalgamated Meatcutters Union.
· Susan Cayton Woodson has been hailed for her work publicizing and preserving the art of the Chicago Renaissance period. Active with the South Side Community Art Center, she was a member of the famed Cayton family and a descendent of Senator Hiram Revels.