Visionary academic Dr. Booker T. Washington, founder of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, needed a visionary architect to design the campus. The man he hired, Robert R. Taylor, born in North Carolina shortly after the Civil War, was the first academically trained African American architect, and the first to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On Thursday, July 5, historian Ellen Weiss will discuss her new book, Robert R. Taylor and Tuskegee: An African American Architect Designs for Booker T. Washington, at the West Tisbury LIbrary.

The talk begins at 5 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

Call 508-693-3366 for more information.