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Lillian Childress Hall: Indiana's First Black Librarian

Presented by The Indianapolis Public Library at Central Library, Indianapolis iN

Oct 10 2023
Lillian Childress Hall: Indiana's First Black Librarian

Mural: "The Book of Life" by Tom Torluemke, an Indiana-based, contemporary American artist. | Indianapolis Special Collections Room (ISCR) within Central Library | Photo Credit: @MontoyaBarker

As we commemorate 150 years of service to Indianapolis, join us at Central Library for a free in-person one-hour lecture highlighting Lillian Haydon Childress Hall, Indiana’s first Black librarian. Registration is required.

Lillian Haydon Childress Hall (1889 – 1958) was hired in the 1920s to create library services for Black patrons. Hall’s work made national headlines as she promoted literacy programs and created a special collection that has since gone missing. Hall was hired amid a rising tide of Klan activity in Indiana, yet she was able to move the library forward through her contributions to The Indianapolis Public Library. Join us in-person at Central Library as we explore the story of Indiana’s first ... view more »


Free Admission. Registration Required.

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40 E. St. Clair Street, Indianapolis, iN 46204

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