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Nelson Algren Museum to celebrate birthday of writer and photographer Art Shay

Prolific photographer Art Shay at the Nelson Algren Museum in Gary.

This Sunday, the Nelson Algren Museum in Miller Beach will celebrate what would have been the 109th birthday of the acclaimed author of "The Man with the Golden Arm" and "Chicago: City on the Make" and the 96th birthday of his friend, the photographer Art Shay.

Shay has donated a collection of 24 photos to the museum at 541 S. Lake Street in Gary.

Shay and his biographer Erik Gellman will be on hand Sunday for a celebration that will involve cake, wine and 18th Street Brewing craft beer. Gellman, a professor of history at Roosevelt University in Chicago, is writing "Troublemakers: Chicago Freedom Struggles through the Lens of Art Shay," which is being published by the University of Chicago Press.

"Our speaker on Sunday will be Erik Gellman," the Nelson Algren Museum said in a press release. "Erik is an Associate Professor of History and the Associate Director of the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He's the author of 'Death Blow to Jim Crow: The National Negro Congress and the Rise of Militant Civil Rights' and 'The Gospel of the Working Class: Labor's Southern Prophets in New Deal America.' He's also co-directed NEH and Terra Foundation programs on the Black Chicago Renaissance for school teachers. Thanks to an NEH Public Scholar fellowship, he's in the process of writing his next book, 'Troublemakers: Chicago Freedom Struggles through the Lens of Art Shay,' which seeks to provide a synthetic textual and visual narrative of Chicago's postwar urban history and protest politics."

Shay also will talk about receiving the Lucie Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, which also has been awarded to other prominent photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Klein and Gordon Parks.

The celebration will take place at 3 p.m., and admission is $10.

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