Exhibit Honors 12 Trailblazing Women

The “BREAKING THROUGH Lighting the Way Exhibition” at the Main Library in Downtown Long Beach will honor 12 African American women considered legends who made a positive difference in the history and culture of Long Beach. The exhibit begins Tuesday, Sept. 29 with a grand opening from 4 to 7 p.m., and it ends Oct. 10.

The list of 12 women includes those whose lives have intersected with the school district.

The 12 honored women are Carrie Bryant, Dale Clinton, Alta Cooke, Maycie Herrington, Evelyn Knight, Patricia Lofland, Vera Mulkey, Wilma Powell, Autrilla Scott, Bobbie Smith, Doris Topsy-Elvord and Lillie Mae Westley.

The exhibit is a collection of portraits, historic photographic restorations, ancestral document reproductions and other images and artifacts assembled by Long Beach locals Sunny Nash and Carolyn Smith Watts.

The library is located at 101 Pacific Ave. Long Beach. Visit breakingthroughlightingtheway.blogspot.com to learn more.