Augusta library hosts history exhibit Saturday on local Chinese community

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association will present A Celebration of the Chinese Community on Saturday at the Augusta Public Library.

The exhibit will feature pictures and memorabilia about the history of the Chinese community in Augusta. Topics include the history of the Augusta Canal, the development of the CCBA, and the impact of Chinese settlement on the social, economic and civic growth on the city.

Travis Tom, a member of the CCBA, won a Georgia Historical Records Advisory award for developing the exhibit. It will be on display from noon until 4 p.m. in the auditorium.

In addition, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association will present the library with an oral history project in which members interviewed their elders. Transcripts and photographs will be available for the public to use.

“They can come in here and listen or read the transcripts, which is really remarkable and wonderful,” said librarian Dottie Demarest.

Project will preserve history of Augusta's Chinese community