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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




I still don’t know what possessed me to RSVP for this event hosted by the History & Culture of Los Angeles Meetup Group. I wasn’t familiar with the author or subject of the book “Ronald Searle’s America” but I recognized some of the illustrations in the write up and the description of Searle’s life sounded interesting and there was mention of brunch so, why not?


Author Matt Jones

I’m really glad I went! The Welsh author, Matt Jones, gave a really interesting presentation that included humorous stories about “stalking” Searle, meeting with him & his wife at a restaurant, and being invited to his home in TourTour, France. In addition to photos of Searle’s sketches & illustration he was able to share photos of his studio, desk, bookshelves and personal notes. The presentation was so good that there was a collective “Ohhhhh” from the audience when Matt said “And that’s the end.”


The book

I loved the illustrations so much that I decided I had to buy the book, which Matt signed.


The print

Everyone who bought a book also got this limited edition print.

Center Stage Gallery in Burbank is a nice little gallery.

I wanted almost every print and book in there. The current exhibit is the work of Eyvind Earle, an artist who designed Christmas cards, starting in the 1930s.

I missed that book launch, but at $300, it’s not in my budget anyway. I wish it was because it’s a beautiful book.

I will try to make it to the exhibit on his work at Forest Lawn this Spring

Shout outs to Charles from the Meetup Group for convincing Matt to give a talk and to Porto’s for the yummy brunch.


Porto’s potato balls & pastries!