The Seattle Public Library hosts history discussions on legendary local photographer Al Smith at two Library locations in April and May. He's being celebrated in an exhibition at the Museum of History and Industry, and the Library's discussions will include selections from more than 4,000 images that you won't see in the museum's exhibit.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the branch parking lot.

Schedule of Events

  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at the Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way, 206-684-4704. Presenters: Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, Carol Peoples-Procter, Quin’Nita Cobbins and Al 'Butch" Smith, Jr.
  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1, 206-386-4636. Presenters: Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, Carol Peoples-Procter and Al 'Butch" Smith, Jr.

The panel will lead an open discussion and share stories around the history of how the black community and individuals contributed to the vitality of Seattle and the Northwest. They will also talk about what the Black Heritage Society of Washington State does to preserve and inform the public about this important local history.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Black Heritage Society of Washington.