Myrtle Hall Library Added To Register Of Historic Places

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Jewish synagogue in Hattiesburg, two Jackson elementary schools, and a historic African-American library in Clarksdale are Mississippi’s latest additions to the National Register of Historic Places. Recognized in Clarksdale for its significance is the Myrtle Hall Library for Negroes. In 1929 a group of Clarksdale African-Americans formed a committee, raised $1,000 and lobbied the city for a library to be built near Myrtle Hall School – one of two African-American schools in the city. Clarksdale city officials set aside $2,000 to build the one-story building. The library served as the only public library for African-Americans in the Mississippi Delta at the time. Speakers at the library’s dedication in 1930 included L. J. Rowan, president of Alcorn College, B.A. Green, mayor of Mound Bayou, and William Holtzclaw, president of the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute. The Myrtle Hall Library was also the first home of the Delta Blues Museum.


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