Monday, February 8, 2021

George Washington Carver Municipal Public Library

Taking its place at the head of the class with regard to Negro library services, the city of Jackson will formally open George Washington Carver Municipal Library, Friday, April 20, 1956.

This library is reported to be the first brand new building, planned, designed and built with public funds for giving library service to Negroes in the state of Mississippi and possibly the first for any city the size of Jackson in the entire south.

Clarion Ledger, Jackson, Miss. April 20, 1956

Fri, Apr 20, 1956 – Page 9 · Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi) · Newspapers.com

When this library was opened in Jackson, Mississippi, I was a few months old. I have no childhood memories of visiting this public library. My family lived outside of the city limits of Jackson and we did not have access to this library.

Here is a current picture of the abandoned building located in the historic Farish Street District on North Mill Street.

5 comments:

  1. As a patron of libraries I think it sad to see this abandoned building. I hope there is another library nearby to serve the community. I am glad that libraries are open to people of all colors now as they provide so many outlets for reading and accessing knowledge.

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    1. The main library is near this location and serves the area. I love to visit libraries to read newspapers and magazines.

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  2. What a beautiful mid-century modern building. Such a shame it is sitting empty. Thanks for sharing this post.

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    1. There are several empty buildings in the area. Maybe when the Farish Street area is revitalized it will also include this building.

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    2. Sometimes I wonder if Farish Street will ever get the revitalization it deserves. The historic photographs of the businesses on the street are so beautiful.

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