The Ralph Ellison Library in Oklahoma City honors its own Ralph Ellison, author of Native Son. It is hard to imagine a time when African-Americans were not allowed to use public libraries. That changed for Ralph Ellison during his lifetime in his hometown, and it is what ultimately gave us one of the most respected writers of the 20th century. (GradeSaver. “Biography of Ralph Ellison | List of Works, Study Guides & Essays”. GradeSaver, 28 January 2014 Web. 28 January 2014.)
Currently, Oklahoma City has a population of approximately 644,000. The Ralph Ellison Library is located northeast of central Oklahoma City.
You can find Ellison’s Invisible Man as a free ebook at www.gutenberg.org.
Read more about segregation and see images from that time in history through the Library of Congress website at www.loc.gov.
The Ralph Ellison Library is the second stop on our Oklahoma Trail!