Juliette Hampton Morgan / Montgomery City-County Public Library

Juliette Hampton Morgan / Montgomery City-County Public Library (HM1CNS)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36104 Montgomery County
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N 32° 22.32', W 86° 18.352'

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Juliette Hampton Morgan

Juliette Hampton Morgan was a white Montgomery, Alabama librarian whose privileged upbringing seemed unlikely to produce the determined civil rights activist that she became. Her letters to the Montgomery Advertiser supporting the 1956 Bus Boycott, integration of the University of Alabama, and national compliance with public school integration drew fire from traditionalists who demanded her resignation. People boycotted the Carnegie Library on Perry Street where she worked, taunted and insulted her, and burned a cross on her front lawn. In 1952, she wrote to a friend, "there are thousands [like me] who want to change our old order, but they are afraid of speaking out. I believe that is our biggest problem — overcoming the fear of decent white people."

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Montgomery City-County Public Library

First official library organized 1843 in building on Court Square. Although of short duration, others followed. In 1898, Montgomery Library Association chartered as subscription library. In 1900, Andrew Carnegie, steel magnate, offered $50,000 for a building if property acquired; over $12,000 rapidly raised locally for lot at corner Perry and Adams. York and Sawyer of New York designed building with Frank Lockwood supervising architect for Beaux Arts structure. This was first free library. In 1959, Sherlock, Smith and Adams designed new building for Library and Fine Arts Museum at Lawrence and High. Racial integration took place in1962. With Museum's move to Blount Park in 1988, Library re-designed to better utilize space. In 2005, main facility renamed to honor civil rights advocate Juliette Hampton Morgan. Nine branches and the Morgan Library now serve the City and County.
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HM NumberHM1CNS
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Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe Friends of the Montgomery City-County Public Library & the Alabama Historical Association
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 11:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 565299 N 3581882
Decimal Degrees32.37200000, -86.30586667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.32', W 86° 18.352'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 19.20" N, 86° 18' 21.12" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 479-499 S Lawrence St, Montgomery AL 36104, US
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