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Schomburg Center Exhibit Pays Tribute to Maya Angelou

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The New York Public Library is celebrating the life of Maya Angelou with a free exhibition of her papers.

The artifacts will be on display in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.

They will be organized into an exhibit called "Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou 1928-2014."

It will run through June 30.

Meanwhile, hundreds gathered for a public memorial at Angelou's North Carolina church Thursday night.

Worshippers celebrated the iconic poet and writer at the Mount Zion Baptist Church, where she had been a parishioner for more than 30 years.

Attendees honored Angelou through words, song, and even dance.

Her grandson, Colin Johnson, praised the congregation, saying it played an important role in Angelou's life.

"You allowed her heart to be free and supported and blessed and prayed for and allowed her to leave the city and share that with other people. This is her church home because her heart sang here, our heart sang here," Johnson said.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

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