THE ROOTS OF COMMUNITY
Segregated Carnegie Libraries as Spaces for Learning and Community-Making
in Pre-Civil Rights America, 1900-65
Dr. Matthew Griffis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: Based on archival methods as well as newly completed oral history interviews, the Roots of Community project explores how twelve Carnegie-funded public libraries in the South served as places of interaction, learning, and community-making for African Americans in the days of Jim Crow. These institutions opened in eight states between 1908 and 1924 and were funded by Andrew Carnegie’s library development program of the early twentieth century.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant #RE-31-16-0044-16.
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