Boston Public Library to host open house with special collection items for Black History Month

See a variety of items including photographs of the March on Boston Common, a signed Langston Hughes book, and more.


What to expect when you visit the Special Collections floor.

Photo by Aram Boghosian

There are still a few days left to commemorate Black History Month this February, and the Boston Public Library’s Special Collections Department will be hosting an open house to showcase the works of Black authors, artists, and creators.

In case you didn’t know — the Special Collections Department facilitates discovery and fosters public engagement with rare, distinctive, and culturally significant materials held by Boston Public Library.


This copy on display includes a signed inscription from Langston Hughes.

Photo by Aram Boghosian via the Boston Public Library

The open house will be tomorrow, Feb. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Special Collections floor at the Central Library in Copley Square. If you’ve never visited this area of the library, enter at the Boylston Street location (700 Boylston St.) and take the glass elevator, or stairs, up to the fourth floor.

When you arrive, you’ll see a variety of items including two paintings by Boston artist Allan Rohan Crite, photographs of the 1965 March on Boston Common led by Martin Luther King, Jr., a rare 1926 book with a signed inscription from Langston Hughes, and a 1995 map titled “Freedom’s Tracks: A Map of the Underground Railroad,” which depicts the scope and extent of the Underground Railroad’s routes.

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