Founder, creative director, and art director of Saint Heron, Solange Knowles, has debuted her free Saint Heron Library, a digital library aimed to “preserve, collect and uplift the stories” of Black creators along with their “works and archives.”
Saint Heron is the newest creative offering that has “a multidisciplinary institution reverencing the spiritual act of creation, through its preservation and collection of vital works in art and design.”
The library will feature rare works of books and art by creative Black artists as well as writers. A 50 book collection was launched exclusively on Oct. 18 until the end of November on the website. For 45 days, readers can borrow any book, one at a time, from the collection on a first-come, first-served basis.
Rosa Duffy of the Atlanta-based community bookstore of rare and classic books, For Keeps Books will curate the first season of rare collections from Black authors.
Aesop Skincare will also help to sponsor the project.
The first books to be launched will include “a signed 1st edition copy of “In Our Terribleness” by Leroi Jones,“ Austin Clarke’s “The Meeting Point” and Luis Lopez’s “Lumumba” among others works.
Knowles released a statement speaking more about the library to Variety and what’s to come stating:
“The Saint Heron Library continues the work we have been building by preserving collections of creators with the urgency they deserve. Together we seek to create an archive of stories and works we deem valuable. These works expand imaginations, and it is vital to us to make them accessible to students, and our communities for research and engagement, so that the works are integrated into our collective story and belong and grow with us. I look forward to the Saint Heron library continuously growing and evolving and over the next decade becoming a sacred space for literature and expressions for years to come.”
To see the amazing collection of The Saint Heron Library, visit saintheron.com.