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The Dr. DeCosta-Willis Collection

Feb 28, 2011


(Source:  By Linda A. Moore, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Posted February 25, 2011 at midnight)


Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis spends her time in a soothing East Memphis condominium, surrounded by paintings, sculptures, plants and books.

Items from the civil rights collection of Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis will be dedicated Saturday at the Central Library on Poplar.

A witness to the civil rights movement, she put together a collection of articles, books, photographs and academic papers, which will be dedicated Saturday to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

She will also sign copies of her latest book, "Black Memphis Landmarks."

Donating the collection will allow others to build and expand on her teaching and research on African-American heritage, said DeCosta-Willis, 76.

As the first African-American professor at Memphis State University and a university professor for 40 years, much of what she donated is academic papers, including research materials and unpublished manuscripts.


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