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12 impressive Carnegie libraries still in use today

By: Angela Nelson on Sept. 29, 2016, 6:37 a.m.
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The Carnegie Library in Savannah

Like Washington, D.C., the Carnegie libraries in Georgia also have a race-related history. In the early 1900s, African-Americans were generally denied access to public libraries in the Southern U.S. So in 1906, 11 men formed the Colored Library Association of Savannah and began raising money and collecting books to form a library. In 1913, they successfully petitioned Carnegie for funding to build a home for their collection, according to the Georgia Historical Society. It was one of only two Carnegie-funded African-American libraries in the state.

Completed in 1915, the library was designed by local architect Julian deBruyn Kops in the Prairie School style made popular by Frank Lloyd Wright. The building was treated to an $8 million renovation around 2000.