Well, we see so many non black librarians.But now, here is a Black man involved
in library work. It must be fun working
at the library. I would not say it was
fun because of the pay because I don’t
know what they pay, but it must be fun
because you get to be around so so
many books. Which brings me to the
article about Daniel AP Murray:
Daniel Alexander Payne Murray
moved to Washington from Baltimore
to work for his brother who is a
caterer and Manager of the US Senate
By 1871, Murray became a
member of the 12-person staff of the
Library of Congress and the personal
assistant to the Library of Congress.
He was also the 2nd African
American to hold a professional
position at the Library of Congress.
In 1881, Murray was promoted to assistant
librarian. By 1899, Murray was
asked to gather a collection of books
and pamphlets by Black authors for
a showcase of “NEgro Authors at the
1900 Paris Exposition.
The many volumes he collected
became the foundation of the Library
of Congress’ Collection of Books by
Murray was the first African
American member of the Washington Board
of Trade and President of the Inaugural
Welcome Club in 1901. Daniel Murray,
often wrote on race issues and testified
before the US House of Representatives
on Jim Crow Laws and Black Migration.
One of the many many examples of
how the African Americans are showcased
in libraries. Now, when I hear the LIBrary
of Congress, I’m always going to reflect
on this knowlegde, but even if I don’t
hear it, it’s journaled in my memory.