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Latta in Dillon County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Latta Library: A Carnegie Library

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Latta Library: A Carnegie Library Marker
Inscription. Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland in 1835 as the Industrial Revolution was sweeping across Great Britian. Seeking a better life his family arrived in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania while Andrew was a small child. From a bobbin boy in a cotton mill Carnegie rose to steel magnate becoming one of the richest men in the world.[ Picture included] Following the sale of his steel company to rival JP Morgan, Carnegie, not believing in charity, set up the Carnegie Corporation to help those who wanted to help themselves. He stated that " the man who dies rich dies disgraced." During the remainder of his life he gave away in excess of $350 million for the creation of over 2,500 libraries and for higher learning.

Latta was one of thirteen communities in South Carolina to receive funds from the Carnegie Corporation for new libraries which were built between 1905 and 1920. The Latta Public Library opened in 1914 and is only one of five remaining in the state still in operation as a public library.

The movement to create the library in Latta began in 1911 and was led by WC Allen a local businessman. Once the conditions for the Carnegie Corporation funding were met the town received $5,000 for the building and CF Bass donated the land. The building was later expanded with a rear addition and wing on the north to meet the growing needs of
Latta Library: A Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2011
2. Latta Library: A Carnegie Library Marker
the community. Dillon County completed extensive renovations of the Library in 2005. Friends of the Latta Library provide financial assistance for ongoing support.
 
Erected by Town Council Latta S.C.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Carnegie Libraries marker series.
 
Location. 34° 20.321′ N, 79° 26.077′ W. Marker is in Latta, South Carolina, in Dillon County. Marker is on West Main Street near South Marion Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 South Marion Street, Latta SC 29565, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Latta Library (a few steps from this marker); Post Office and General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Earl Atkinson, Sr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Dillon County Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Vidalia Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Latta's Railroad Story (within shouting distance of this marker); The Edwards House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Catfish Creek Baptist Church (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Latta.
 
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Latta Library: A Carnegie Library Marker, left of doorway image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2011
3. Latta Library: A Carnegie Library Marker, left of doorway

1. list of Carnegie libraries in the United States. (Submitted on July 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Andrew Carnegie. His first job in the United States was as a factory worker in a bobbin factory. Later on he became a bill logger for the owner of the company. Soon after he became a messenger boy... (Submitted on July 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Latta, South Carolina. a town in Dillon County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 1,410 at the 2000 census. The town is the birthplace of soul vocalist Chuck Jackson and opera composer Carlisle Floyd. It is also the hometown of NBA basketball player Raymond Felton, and Major League Soccer soccer player Kevin Sox. This small town also contains one of the many libraries that were started with funds given by Andrew Carnegie, which is located in the center of town. (Submitted on July 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Latta Library: A Carnegie Library Marker with State Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2011
4. Latta Library: A Carnegie Library Marker with State Historical Marker
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A Carnegie Library Marker
5. Upper left picture :
Steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
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A Carnegie Library Marker
6. Upper center picture:
Postcard of library after construction was completed in 1914. Courtsey of South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Lower center picture: image. Click for full size.
Latta Library: A Carnegie Library Marker
7. Lower center picture:
This 1953 photograph of the library was obviously taken during Christmas.
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Latta Library: A Carnegie Library Marker, `
8. Far right upper picture :
Postcard of library with English Ivy growing on facade c. 1940s
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Latta Library: A Carnegie Library Marker, `
9. Far right lower picture :
Mrs Wessie Braddy the first county librarian to serve the Latta Library.
Andrew Carnegie image. Click for full size.
By Project Gutenberg archives
10. Andrew Carnegie
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on July 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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