Africa's Great Civilizations

City of Timbuktu | Africa's Great Civilizations

Clip: Season 1 | 1m 41s

The heart of Timbuktu’s intellectual life was its libraries. Between the 14th and the 17th centuries, they acquired hundreds of thousands of books, mostly written by African authors working in the city. Learn more in Africa's Great Civilizations with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premiering at 9/8c February 27 on PBS.

Aired: 02/27/17

Rating: NR

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