WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS W.Va. (WVDN) – The WSS Public Library is celebrating Katherine Coleman Johnson Day with a week-long photographic exhibit highlighting this White Sulphur Spring native and NASA mathematician’s life and accomplishments. The exhibit will be ready for viewing Tuesday, Aug. 22, and will be available during regular library hours till the close of business Monday, Aug. 28. Please note the library does not have hours on Sunday.
The exhibit will be displayed in the Joshua McKinley Coleman Community Room. The Community Room was dedicated to the memory of Johnson’s father, who worked as a custodian at the former Library building. While her mother Joylette’s training as a teacher may have helped fuel Johnson’s educational excellence, Johnson credited her father with her gift for numbers.
“He originally worked with lumber. He could look at a tree and tell how many boards he could get out [of] it,” Johnson said during an oral history interview with the National Visionary Leadership Project. The current WSS Public Library building is named in Mrs. Johnson’s honor.
Admission to the White Sulphur Springs Library exhibit is free. The library is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More information is available by calling 304-536-1171.
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