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Willie Slaughter Memorial Dedication, June 30

The public is invited to a special ceremony at noon on Saturday, June 30, outside Morris Library. There, the campus and community will pause this week to recognize Willie Jim "Jimbo" Slaughter, a Carbondale man who died June 20, 1963, the day after a tragic fall suffered during construction of the facility. A new memorial bench installed outside the northwest corner of the library will be dedicated in Slaughter’s honor. The bench will feature a bronze plaque telling his story.

Learn more about Willie Slaughter and the effort to honor him.

New Exhibit: Jean Toomer’s Cane

An important figure in African-American literature, Jean Toomer (1894—1967) was born in Washington, DC. A poet, playwright, and novelist, Toomer's most famous work, Cane, was published in 1923 and was hailed by critics for its literary experimentation and portrayal of African-American characters and culture. Morris Library's Special Collections Research Center presents an exhibit of Toomer’s 1923 innovative work, shown through poems, prose, and dialogue. Included is Toomer's signed First Edition, as well as a folio-sized edition illustrated by Martin Puryear.

This exhibit was curated by David Bond and is located in the Hall of Presidents and Chancellors.

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The latest: Aaron Lisec

Aaron proactively maintains Morris Library's Facebook page with fun and informative posts about SIU history, library events, and highlights from our collections. All the more impressive when considering the amount of background research required for some of these posts.

Submitted by Matt Gorzalski