AASU students make timely discovery

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A coincidental discovery about this date in history was made by Armstrong Atlantic State University students.

Students have been busy doing research, studying the archival record of the Carnegie Branch Library during the Jim Crow era for this new library exhibit that opened Tuesday. During their research, they discovered the library system in Savannah was officially desegregated 50 years ago on April 26.

"The real meaning of this venue is that is provides a public place for public history to be explored and the students are getting an opportunity to engage upon the public on what might be a subject people don't know about," said Dr. Michael Benjamin, a history professor at AASU.

The exhibition about books by and about African-Americans in Savannah is open through May 26 at the southwest branch of the live Oak libraries behind the Savannah Mall.

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