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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