Lillian White’s Owls Collection On Display at Decatur Library This February

Decatur’s Director of Active Living, Greg White, sends along details of a new exhibit coming to the Decatur Library in February as part of Black History Month that’s in honor of his mother Mrs. Lillian W. White.

All during the month of February, the Decatur Library will exhibit the private collection of owls of Mrs. Lillian W. White (March 24, 1932-May 8, 2011), former librarian of the Durham County Library System and one of the first professionally-trained, African-American librarians in the state of North Carolina. Mrs. White is the mother of Greg D. White, Director of the City of Decatur’s Active Living Division. On February 2, 2014, 3:00 p.m., Mr. White and his sister, Sharon White will host a brief discussion about their mother and her passion for owls.  The discussion will be followed by a reception and tour of the exhibit.

Greg tells us that his mother was a “huge owl collector” and that he is sharing 167 of his mother’s owls with the Decatur community.

3 thoughts on “Lillian White’s Owls Collection On Display at Decatur Library This February”


  1. Never been much of a fan of birds in general, but I have to admit owls are the most fascinating of the family. I think this will be a great exhibit.

    Unfortunately, I will miss the discussion on Sunday, but look forward to seeing the collection sometime in February.

  2. Are these owls alive or stuffed? 167 live owls in one place seems like it would be awesome but complicated.

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