National African-American Archives Museum, Mobile

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The National African American Archives and Museum, formerly known as the Davis Avenue Branch of Mobile Public Library, is an archive and history museum located in Mobile, Alabama. It serves as a repository for documents, records, photographs, books, African carvings, furniture, and special collections that relate to the African-American experience in the United States. Some of the collection was developed when the building was part of the Mobile Public Library as the Davis Avenue Branch.
The Davis Avenue Branch of the Mobile Public Library was built in 1931 to serve the needs of the local African-American community, as they had been prohibited from using the libraries for whites under the state law of racial segregation. It was designed by noted architect George Bigelow Rogers. The building was modeled after the Ben May Main Library but constructed on a smaller scale. The local African-American community helped collect used books for the library and raise funds for the acquisition of new books. As was typical in the period of segregation, and since African Americans had been disenfranchised by the state since the turn of the century, their facilities were typically underfunded by cities and the state legislature. African Americans also had to attend separate schools.
Following desegregation in the late 1960s after federal civil rights legislation was passed, this branch library became used as a repository for government documents. In 1992 it reopened as the National African American Archives and Museum. It was founded by Delores S. Dees, the organization's first president and executive director. The museum building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Unfortunately, this is no longer open. The historic collection was wonderful and the building is important to local history.
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