Indianapolis Public Library commemorating color authors

Indianapolis Public Library commemorating color authors

The library is seeking help from the public in deciding which authors to include in the Name Engraving Project.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Public Library is seeking community input to commemorate color authors on the walls of the Central Library.

As part of the name engraving project, names of various writers and thinkers are engraved on the interior walls of the library. Library users can suggest who to join between May 7th and June 30th, either in person at branch ballot boxes or online at

There are currently 81 names engraved on the walls of the Central Library. Only five of them are women and none of them are colored people. These new efforts allow the library to hear the public’s opinion on who should be remembered.

“We want our libraries to welcome and reflect the diverse public we serve. This project is an opportunity to shed light on the literary contributions of people who have been left out in the past and the public on authors and writers of color educate, “said Tariq Robinson, adult program specialist at the Indianapolis Public Library, in a press release. “From these community suggestions, we will select names that provide a more accurate historical representation of the world’s literary and artistic development.”

This year, the names of black authors will be engraved in front of the Center for Black Literature and Culture, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary. The money for the project will come from the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. The number of names added depends on how much money the foundation can raise. To make a donation, go to, select “GIVE”, give the gift to the Central Library and add “engraving” to the note field at the end.

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