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Avery Clayton

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Avery Clayton March 17, 1947–November 26, 2009 established a library and museum to house African American artifacts collected by his mother, the late Mayme Agnew Clayton


Clayton was born in Los Angeles, the eldest of three sons born to Andrew Clayton, a barbershop owner and Mayme Agnew, a librarian, who over forty years would assemble an impressive collection of African-American artifacts

After serving in the Army during the Vietnam War, Clayton studied at Los Angeles City College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in art from UCLA

In 2006, just days before his mother's death at age 83, Clayton signed a $1-a-year lease on a former courthouse in Culver City, California to house his mother's extensive collection

"Her part was to assemble the collection," Clayton has stated on several occasions "I really believe my part is to bring it to the world"

For the next three years, Clayton, a kidney transplant recipient, dedicated himself to raising the funds needed to open the Mayme A Clayton Library and Cultural Center to the general public The facility was scheduled to open possibly in 2010 or 2011 at the time of his sudden death from a heart attack on Thanksgiving, 2009

Cynthia Hudley, a UC Santa Barbara professor and vice president of the facility's board of directors, was named interim director in the wake of Clayton's death She stepped down from that position in 2010

A public memorial service was scheduled for Saturday, December 19, 2009 at the Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City


  1. ^ a b c d e Nelson, Valerie J 2009-11-27 "Avery Clayton dies at 62; carried on mother's work through African American library-museum" Los Angeles Times Retrieved 2009-12-05 Avery Clayton, who carried on the work of his mother, Mayme Clayton, by establishing a library and museum in Culver City for her major collection of African American artifacts, died Thanksgiving Day He was 62 
  2. ^ a b Wada, Karen 2009-11-30 "Clayton Library director named" Los Angeles Times Retrieved 2009-12-05 The board of directors of the Mayme A Clayton Library and Museum has named Cynthia Hudley, a UC Santa Barbara education professor, as interim executive director, succeeding Avery Clayton, the son of the library's founder who died at age 62 after suffering a heart attack Thursday 
  3. ^ "Avery Clayton memorial service is set for Dec 19" Los Angeles Times 2009-12-05 Retrieved 2009-12-05 A memorial service will be held at 10 am Dec 19 for Avery Clayton, who established a library and museum to showcase his mother’s major collection of African American artifacts The service will be at Agape International Spiritual Center, 5700 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City 

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