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BHM Day 24: Mayme Agnew Clayton


Mayme Agnew Clayton was a historian and librarian who founded the Western States Black Research and Education Center. It boasts that it is the largest collection of African American historical items in the world.

Mayme received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley.  She went on to become a law librarian for UCLA and helped establish the school’s African-American Studies Center Library.  It was around this time that she started collecting rare African-American artifacts and storing them at her home.

Her son saw to it that a museum to house his mother’s findings be built.  Her entire collection, which took over 40 years to amass, stands in Culver City, CA in the site of a former city courthouse.

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Lo Brewer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received a BA for her major in Journalism & Media Studies. She started her career in ad sales and corporate training and worked in media for over a decade at Viacom and Fox Networks. But in 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career that revolved around her two greatest passions, writing and crafting. Soon she was writing for several websites as an entertainment, fashion and music expert. She also launched a small business creating felt crafts and Ankara clothing and home goods through Etsy. Lo is a Jersey Girl (in a Cali world), a self-professed pop culture idiot savant, a homebody, a hardcore crafter, a lover of all things retro & vintage, a thrift shopoholic, and an all-around silly MF. In addition to being a celebriologist and DIY demon, she is also a novelist. Her first, The Semester, was published in 2013. She hopes to publish her second book, The Apartment, in the upcoming year.