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Library seeks help to honor Black-owned businesses

Black-owned businesses are the focus of a new collection being established by the St. Louis Public Library, and it needs help from the public.

This new collection will “feature and highlight the inspiring history of black-owned businesses in St. Louis,” the library said in a statement Friday.

The library is asking area residents to submit items for the collection.

“Do you have memorabilia such as photographs, advertisements, letterhead, publications or office records from past black-owned businesses in the area? By donating these items to SLPL, you will help preserve the rich history and to share the stories of these businesses with future generations,” the library said.

If people have significant items but aren’t ready to part with them, the library can digitize them and return the originals to their owners.

Once established, the collection will be accessible on the library’s website.

To find out more about the collection and items for it, potential donors can contact the Rare Books & Manuscripts Department at Central Library by calling at 314-539-0370 or by sending an email to

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