A great loss-the passing of Avery Clayton

Memorial service in Honor of Avery Clayton will be held Dec. 19 at 10am. The service will be held at Agape International Spiritual Center, 5700 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City, CA 90230.
Instead of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Mayme Clayton Library & Museum, 4130 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230. http://www.claytonmuseum.org
Avery Clayton, artist, educator, historian, and entrepreneur, who carried on continued development of his mother’s vision of finding a permanent home for her collection by opening the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum in Culver City, has died. He was 62 years old. He leaves behind two brothers, Renai and Lloyd Clayton; two nephews, Renai Vonzelle Clayton Jr., and Andy Leevan Clayton; four grand nephews and nieces- William, Leyland, Brandon, and Lauran Isabella. Artist and former guidance counselor with Pasadena school district, Clayton died suddenly on November 26 at a Thanksgiving celebration at his home in Culver City. The Library founded in Los Angeles by Mayme A. Clayton (1923-2006), the Mayme A. Clayton collection contains the largest independently held collection of rare and out-of-print books, documents, films, music, photographs, and memorabilia on the history and culture of Americans of African decent. It includes more than 30,00 volumes, with the earliest book published in 1773 and is rich in children’s literature and materials relating to the pre-Civil War period, sports, blacks in the American West and black Hollywood. The film archive traces African American contributions to the motion picture industry from 1916 to the present and includes films and more posters. The sheet music and record library as well as the photograph and memorabilia collections span the mid 19th century to the present. Efforts are currently underway to catalog the collection and make them publicly accessible with a new library and museum to house them. For more information, visit http://www.claytonmuseum.org.

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