Chicago Bee Branch Library

3647 S State St Chicago

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The American Writers Museum celebrates American writers through innovative, state-of-the-art exhibitions and compelling programming.

The regional branch library is housed in the former headquarters of the Chicago Bee, an African-American newspaper active from 1926 to 1946. The library serves the Bronzeville community by hosting readings, writing workshops, and many other programs. Gregg Spear's mural is displayed in the lobby, depicting the bustling neighborhood.

What is now the Chicago Bee Branch of the Chicago Public Library is a historic building on the South Side of Chicago, which housed a newspaper for African Americans called the Chicago Bee. The Chicago Bee was founded in 1926 by Anthony Overton, with the goal of supporting liberal causes, but the building itself was built in 1929, in Bronzeville. Chicago’s Gwendolyn Brooks was known to spend a great deal of time at this branch. In 1986, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places and then became a Chicago Landmark in 1998. 

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