OHIO Libraries Presents Exhibit in Honor of Black Alumni Reunion

Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers sit outside on Grosvenor Street, 1929.
Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers sit outside on Grosvenor Street, 1929. (Photo courtesy of Ohio University Libraries’ Mahn Center)

On Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th, Ohio University Libraries presents “I Feel Good: A Soulful Stroll Down Memory Lane,” a special archives display organized in honor of the Black Alumni Reunion. This rich and varied exhibit chronicles Bobcat history with an emphasis on African-American life in Athens.

Attendees can expect to revel in local civil rights movement materials, Alpha Phi Alpha mementos and documents that recount the development of the University’s Department of African American Studies. Handmade fliers and slick professional placards, haphazardly arranged in the style of a dormitory bulletin board, herald the arrivals of performers and speakers from the past. Dozens of photographs, programs and keepsakes will conjure memories and transport viewers to a time when dorm curfews were enforced and library typewriters were available to rent. Approximately a century of campus happenings will be represented.

Bill Kimok, university archivist and records manager, emphasized that like the annual homecoming exhibit, “This event is hands-on.” People are encouraged to flip through books, listen to music, and dig into the tables of memorabilia.

In short, the display offers attendees a unique opportunity to interact with OHIO history.

“I Feel Good: A Soulful Stroll Down Memory Lane” is open from 1-5 on Friday and 10-5 on Saturday in the Alden Library fifth floor Mahn Center. It is the first University Archives event held in collaboration with the Black Alumni Reunion.

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A catalog from the early 1970s. (Image courtesy of Ohio University Libraries’ Mahn Center)

 

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Graduates pose on Commencement Day, 1992. (Photo courtesy of Ohio University Libraries’ Mahn Center)