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Exhibit Salutes Children's Author Who Introduced Minority Characters

Ezra Jack Keats crossed social boundaries to become the first American author and illustrator to give minorities a central place in young children's literature. (Photos courtesy of the Ezra Keats Foundation)

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In “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, Peter - one of the first minority characters in children's literature - plays in the snow. (All photos courtesy of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.)
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In “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, Peter - one of the first minority characters in children's literature - plays in the snow. (All photos courtesy of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.)

In "The Snowy Day,” Peter comes home with a snowball and is surprised when it melts.
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In "The Snowy Day,” Peter comes home with a snowball and is surprised when it melts.

In “Goggles,” Peter and friends sit on the proverbial New York City stoop.
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In “Goggles,” Peter and friends sit on the proverbial New York City stoop.

In his books, Keats shows the real neighborhoods of African-American children in New York.
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In his books, Keats shows the real neighborhoods of African-American children in New York.

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