It’s not only the books and digital resources at Bishop Payne Library that can expand your horizons and stretch you mind. Several displays, which are thoughtfully prepared by BPL staff, are exhibited for patrons’ reflection. The themes of the displays are inspired by the seasons, the liturgical calendar, or notable events. Currently there are several available for your mini-tour.
Upon entry, there is a presentation celebrating 15 years of The African American Episcopal Historical Collection put together by Chris Pote and Ebonee Davis. The selection of documents reflects a slice of the history of African Americans in Anglicanism. Beside that display is the art of Allan Crite, a well respected artist known for his depictions of urban, African-American life in Boston during the earlier part of the 20th century. A devout Episcopalian, he later concentrated on religious themes in beautiful pen and ink drawings, as well as lithographs. There are some of both to be seen in the first-floor display case and upstairs. The center piece of the second-floor display is a powerful depiction of the Adoration of the Shepherds with Choirs of Angels. Interestingly, Crite has included himself amongst the witnesses. Thanks to Chris, Ebonee, and Peggy Parker for a thoughtfully arranged presentation of Crite’s works.
As you head back downstairs, don’t forget to check out Karen Madigan’s book displays that contain “Resources on Peace and Reconciliation” and “Resources on Jail Ministry.” They include books on reconciliation and peacemaking in local conflicts on our earth, as well as in the distress of our souls. All this goes to show that the Library is a place worth visiting not simply for the outstanding book collection, but for these imaginative displays.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President