Occasion in Brooklyn in honor of Main Owens, the “Librarian in Congress”

BROOKLYN, NY – A Brooklyn librarian who represented the district in Congress is honored at an event this week.

The Center for Brooklyn History hosted a virtual conversation Tuesday with archivists, curators and the family of Major Robert Odell Owens, known as “The Librarian in Congress” during his twelve tenure serving two boroughs in Brooklyn.

Owens, who was also a senator and civil rights activist, recently named the Central Brooklyn Library’s new Welcome Center, which opened last month as part of a $ 38 million renovation project.

Portions of a newly acquired collection of Owens’ handwritten and typed speeches, campaign flyers, personal ephemera and never-before-seen photographs are on display in the library.

What you need to know about Tuesday’s event:

WHAT: Join the Center for Brooklyn History’s archivists and curators as they speak with Owens family members, Chris, Millard, and Geoffrey about the life and work of the Congressman.

Attendees can also learn more about the newly acquired collection, which includes Owens’ handwritten and typed speeches, campaign flyers, personal ephemera, and never-before-seen photos from his career as a community information librarian at BPL – where a new welcome center at Central Library bears his name . Owens later served twelve terms in the US House of Representatives, worked tirelessly as an anti-poverty reformer, and advocated civil rights and education.

WHERE: Virtual program, register here for the link.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 29th from 6:30 p.m.

Read more about Owens here.

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