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John L. Dart Anniversary

Charleston County
Public Library
John L. Dart Library

85th Anniversary


Join us in 2012 for a yearlong celebration commemorating the 85th anniversary of
Charleston’s first free public library for African-Americans. Help us celebrate the
legacy and groundbreaking spirit of the Rev. John L. Dart family, pioneers in the
Charleston community who dedicated their lives to improving the educational
opportunities for blacks. Realizing that local black children were being crowded
out of the city’s segregated schools, Rev. Dart founded the Charleston Normal
and Industrial School in 1894. And, in 1927, Dart’s daughter, Susan Dart Butler,
used her fathers’ extensive collection of books to establish the first free public
library for area blacks in the school’s Dart Hall. 

Check out these upcoming events.
To learn more, visit the John L. Dart Branch Library, 1067 King Street or call 843-722-7550. 

Community Appreciation Day
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 starting at 11 a.m.
John L. Dart Branch Library
Visit the branch, and receive a treat in celebration of this anniversary year.    

Special thanks to:
85th Anniversary Planning Committee
Cynthia Bledsoe, CCPL
Cheryl Brinkley, CCPL
Dr. Nicholas Butler, CCPL
Dr. Robert Chase, Avery Research Center
Norma Hoffman Davis, Community Member
Harlan Greene, College of Charleston
Cynthia Graham Hurd, CCPL
Dr. Patricia Williams Lessane, Avery Research Center
Kim Williams Odom, CCPL
Sherman Pyatt, CCPL
Dr. Maxine Smith, Community Member - Chairperson
Jamie Thomas, CCPL

Anniversary Partners
Charleston Friends of the Library
Charleston County School District Office of Community Education
City of Charleston - Arthur W. Christopher Community Center
Coca Cola Community Connection 
College of Charleston - Avery Research Center
College of Charleston Upward Bound Program
Emancipation Proclamation Association
Jonathan Green Studios, Inc.
Living Roots Magazine
Morris Street Baptist Church

The staff of CCPL’s S.C. History Room.