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Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Juliette Hampton Morgan / Montgomery City-County Public Library

Juliette Hampton Morgan Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 9, 2016
1. Juliette Hampton Morgan Marker
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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,
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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.
Erected 2008 by The Friends of the Montgomery City-County Public Library & the Alabama Historical Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCivil RightsWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1956.
Location. 32° 22.32′ N, 86° 18.352′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of South Lawrence Street and High Street, on the left when traveling south on South Lawrence Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 245 High Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Teague House (about 500 feet away, measured in a
Montgomery City-County Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, January 12, 2014
2. Montgomery City-County Public Library Marker
direct line); House of the Mayors (about 500 feet away); Knox Hall (about 600 feet away); Governor Shorter House (about 700 feet away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smith - Joseph - Stratton House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War - Barnes School / Figh-Pickett House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Major Lemuel Purnell Montgomery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Also see . . .  Juliette Hampton Morgan. Encyclopedia of Alabama entry. (Submitted on January 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
Juliette Hampton Morgan Library image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, January 12, 2014
3. Juliette Hampton Morgan Library
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 915 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   2, 3. submitted on January 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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