Golden Gate After Hours: Celebrating African American Neighborhood History

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Join us for a unique Thursday evening ‘after-hours’ at the Golden Gate Library!

Enjoy a special presentation celebrating the seminal work of Ruth and Eugene Lasartemay, one of the founding families of the East Bay Negro Historical Society (EBNHS). Did you know that the collections of this groundbreaking group were housed here at the Golden Gate Branch? These materials now live at AAMLO, where presenter, historian Susan Anderson, served as interim curator. 

Experience the Golden Gate Library Local Collection, a new place-based reference series, in specially designed reading chairs crafted from repurposed library furniture. Explore neighborhood stories in larger than life photo and text prints installed on library windows, hallways and even the elevator. Contribute your neighborhood memory to the project’s growing collection of community stories.

Enjoy local music from the library's collection provided by Leo Mercer, organizer of  The MERCER Brotherhood.

Meet your neighbors, learn about the community, and enjoy organic snacks by Phat Beets, North Oakland’s food justice organization. This special celebration is part of the library’s programming in honor of African American History month.


About Commons Archive:

Commons Archive holds in place the stories of those who have lived here and provides access to these stories for years to come. As neighbors continue to flow through the community, the archive will stand to preserve these memories. Commons Archive honors neighbors’ multiple roles as participants, narrators and creators of the many histories of this dynamically changing area.

Organized by Sue Mark in partnership with Oakland Public Library’s Golden Gate Branch, Kala Art Institute and many community-based organizations and neighbors, Commons Archive is generously supported by the California Humanities for All program, The Creative Work Fund and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

To learn more about Commons Archive, its past events and community partners, please visit and follow us on Instagram @commons_archive


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Golden Gate Branch

5606 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94608
Phone: (510) 597-5023