ATLANTIC CITY — The Atlantic City Free Public Library and the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey on Saturday will screen a documentary on entrepreneur Sara Spencer Washington.

“The Sara Spencer Washington Story,” directed by Royston Scott, chronicles the rise of America’s first black woman millionaire, and founder of Atlantic City’s Apex News & Hair Co.

Washington lived from 1889 to 1953. Over time, her empire survived the Great Depression and grew to include beauty products, beauty schools, publishing, laboratories and pharmaceuticals. She opened the area’s first integrated golf club at what is now Pomona Golf Course and Country Club in Galloway Township.

She also was a member of the Atlantic City Board of Trade and was honored for her work at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

The screenings of the 28-minute documentary will each include a Q&A session with Scott. The library screening will be at 1 p.m., and the museum screening will be at 3.

The library is at 1 N. Tennessee Ave. The museum is in the Noyes Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave.

For more information, call Don Latham at 609-345-2269.

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