Savannah Public Library, 1916

The Carnegie Colored Library was built for Savannah’s African-American community on East Henry Street between 1913-1915 and another Carnegie grant aided the construction of this structure, the Savannah Public Library on Bull Street in 1916. This Neoclassical landmark was designed by Hyman Wallace Witcover, the architect responsible for Savannah’s iconic City Hall and other prominent landmarks. Text on the structure reads: This eternal court is open to you with its society wide as the world-the chosen and the mighty of every place and time. Make books thy comrades. The library was among the earliest public institutions in Georgia to be desegregated, opening its doors to all citizens in 1963.

Savannah Victorian Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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