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Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum

“So children will know that black people have done great things.” – Mayme Clayton (1923-2006)

Mayme’s son, Lloyd Clayton, was our tour guide and for nearly 2 1/2 hours he took us on an amazing journey through a series of locked rooms in a former late 1950s-era court building in Culver City.

Each room and hallway held contents of the world’s largest collection of history & culture of Americans of African descent.

The collection was single-handedly amassed by Mayme A. Clayton over a period of 40 years and was housed in her garage untl 2010 when it was moved to the court building and opened to the public. 

This event, hosted by Rick of the OSS Meetup Group, was one of his always interesting Huell Howser adventures.

Lloyd Clayton and Black Panther publication.

Over 30,000 rare out-of-print books.


One of Lloyd’s favorites


They show films from their collection to the public.



Theres’s a 2014 dicumentary on Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood


Slave bills of sale & Poll Tax receipts


Lloyd said “They were thought to have no souls”.


The youngest slave listed was 6 days old.


Scenes in Gone Girl filmed here


Origional seats


We got to go in the holding cell


Get there via Expo line

This cute French cafe is across the street. Make sure whatever you order includes the au gratin potatoes. Get there before 3pm.  

Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum

4130 Overland Ave.

Culver City, CA 90230


  1. May 23, 2016 at 2:15 am

    Amazing collection!! So much history!! That “Negro for sale” sign is really… disturbing :-(. Do you feel any kind of “guilt” when you’re visiting such places? Although you personally are not at fault and not to blame? I always feel guilt when I visit Nazi-related places and see what they have done to millions of poor and innocent people, although it wasn’t my generation and I haven’t done anything wrong. Yet I feel very uncomfortable since it’s still my country. Know what I mean?

    Very nice detail, that a big movie was filmed there. Have you ever seen it? No, I don’t think you have… or have you? :-/

    That café looks very cute. And you can’t go wrong with French food .

    What’s Expo line? Overground train?

    • August 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      I don’t feel guilt but sometimes I feel uncomfortable. I hate the way people of color and various religions, sexual orientation, etc. have been treated and continue to be treated in this country. Not sure how people live with themselves saying and doing the things they say and do to fellow human beings.

      I honestly don’t remember what big movie was filmed there so I couldn’t tell you if I saw it or not. Probably not.

      Yes, Expo line is what we call “light rail” and it runs above ground. It goes all the way to Santa Monica pier now!!! Just wish it would go from the Valley to the beach and to LAX down the middle of the 405.

      • September 8, 2016 at 3:41 am

        I wonder why we seem to fall back instead of learning and becoming better after all the wars and horrible things that have happened. But instead it’s getting worse again. Don’t even want to go into detail what’s going on in Europe and also here in Germany… what e.g. that refugee situation has brought up in people. It makes me SICK.

        I would love to ride on an overground train that goes down directly to Santa Monica pier 😉

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