Union County Public Library Builds Community Understanding of the Civil Rights Movement

September 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm 2 comments

What began as a peaceful protest by Freedom Riders and local black activists against segregation in August 1961 ended in a riot, gunfire and kidnapping case that thrust Monroe into the international spotlight.
The Monroe branch of the Union County Public Library (NC) hosted a historical program on the riot’s anniversary. Exhibit creator and librarian Patricia Poland gave a talk then led a ceremonial walk around the courthouse.


Entry filed under: local history.

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  • 1. Laura  |  September 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I think it’s wonderful what this library is doing to keep their community aware of historical happenings. Everyone should know what went on during the troubling KKK years, and why the library is internationally known now. The more awareness by the community, the better everyone can stick together and resist any future protests and accept racial diversity. This is a great way to educae and build stronger bonds among everyone.

  • 2. Brittany  |  September 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Very cool! I think one of the best ways for libraries to build community is to focus on local history education. Understanding the past events that helped shape a community can illuminate areas where the community can be strengthened. A community’s involvement in civil rights is especially important to look at in the promotion of continued tolerance and diversity. More libraries should try such projects!


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