African American teacher remembered for encouraging learning beyond the classroom in new exhibit at Main Library

What: Althea Hurst Scrapbook Exhibit

Who: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

When: Through Feb. 29, 2016

Where: Main Library, 800 Vine St. (downtown)

Why: In the summer of 1938, Althea Hurst and three fellow African American teachers, Laura Knight, Margaret Duncan, and Martha Bush of Cincinnati traveled to Canada, Northern Europe, Nazi Germany, Eastern Europe, and France. Their goal was to give authenticity to what they had read and to compare their findings to information provided in textbooks as a way to inspire African American children to travel and broaden their world view. 

Hurst documented the journey in a scrapbook and left it to a family friend, Dr. Houston Brummit formerly of Walnut Hills, who donated it to the Library as a resource and inspiration and to promote greater understanding for children today and in the future. Included in the scrapbook are photographs, brochures, notes, and other memorabilia. Pages of this scrapbook are on display through Feb. 29 in the Main Library’s second and third-floor elevator cases and at the Walnut Hills Branch. The entire scrapbook can be viewed online at

In addition to the exhibit, the Library is celebrating Black History Month with free programs at all locations. For more information about Black History Month programming at the Library, visit For more information call 513-369-6905.