Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Juliette Hampton Morgan / Montgomery City-County Public Library
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."
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
Erected 2008 by The Friends of the Montgomery City-County Public Library & the Alabama Historical Association.
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Teague House (about 500 feet away, measured in a 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 Smith - Joseph - Stratton House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rice-Semple-Haardt House (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Civil War - Barnes School / Figh-Pickett House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Also see . . . Juliette Hampton Morgan. (Submitted on January 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Civil Rights •
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