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Mary Church Terrell Exhibit

Mary Church Terrell Featured as Part of Butler Founder’s Week and Black History Month

As part of Butler University’s celebration of its 1855 founding on the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, Irwin Library is hosting the biographical banners, documents and photographs that are part of “Mary Church Terrell: An Original Oberlin Activist - A traveling exhibition of the Oberlin College Libraries.”

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be on display February 5—March 15 during regular library hours. For more information, call Information Commons at Butler's Irwin Library at 317-940-9227, or visit Oberlin’s Mary Church Terrell digital exhibit to learn more about Terrell, who lived from 1863-1954 and detailed her experiences with gender and race discrimination in the United States in her autobiography, “A Colored Woman in a White World.”

Founder’s Week celebrates the values of Ovid Butler, an Indianapolis lawyer, philanthropist, active supporter of the antislavery movement, and founder of North Western Christian University, which became Butler University. The university admitted women and people of color on an equal basis with white males, a radical stance for the time. 

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