For what I expect will be my last Civil Rights building trivia question of the semester, I'm using a suggestion from Carl Tobias. What is the building at right, where is it, and why is it important in Civil Rights history? This is probably going to be pretty easy given that a close look at the picture may disclose what it is ... and google will likely do the rest.
Once we get all that settled, I'll have a cemetery headstone photo of one of the people at the center of this, from one of my favorite cemeteries.
When I visited the library recently I went to the biography section to look for the Freeman biography and also to see what else was on the shelves. On the top floor in the biography section I was pleased to see that there were more biographies of Frederick Douglas than of Lee (the libraries' two copies of the Freeman four volume biography are in the research room on the first floor) -- and there are posters of Douglas and other important civil rights leaders. Again, no surprise here, but the character of the library has completely changed since 1960. I had a nice chat with a young woman who works as a security guard at the library; she saw that I'd taken a few pictures asked if I was interested in buying the building, which puzzled me, of course. Turns out that the library is about to move into new quarters. Another icon of the civil rights era is about to close. Not, of course, that anyone gives those momentous events fifty years ago much thought these days. That world is so long gone and so unimagineable ... and yet we're connected to it through many people who are still alive.
If you're interested in Freeman's biography, it's available in full text here. It's long, though -- it runs to about a million words. That used to seem longer to me than it does now, since I realized recently that the full version of University, Court, and Slave runs to about a quarter million words. My editor has no interest in a book that long -- and more importantly I suspect readers don't, either! So I've already taken out like 50,000 words, with more cuts to come....
Anyway, as I promised in the initial post, I've added a photograph of Freeman's headstone in Richmond's Hollywood cemetery.