Historic Markers Across Georgia

Colored Library Association of Savannah

Marker ID: GHS 25-49
Location: 537 East Henry St, Savannah, GA
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 3.669    W 081 05.461
  32.06115    -81.09101666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Colored Library Association of Savannah Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Colored Library Association of Savannah

In 1906, eleven African-American men formed the Colored Library Association of Savannah and established the Library for Colored Citizens. They acquired the original collection from personal libraries and public donations of books and periodicals. In 1913, the Association successfully petitioned the Carnegie Corporation of New York for funds to build a permanent home for the collection. The Carnegie grant program funded construction of thousands of public libraries worldwide. Dedicated in 1914 and completed in 1915, the library was designed by local architect Julian deBruyn Kops and is one of Savannah’s few examples of Prairie School architecture. One of only two Carnegie library projects for African Americans in Georgia, this was the home library to James Alan McPherson, Pulitzer Prize–winning short story writer and essayist and Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

2014.13 The Georgia Historic Society
and the Live Oak Public Libraries.

Colored Library Association of Savannah
Photo by David Seibert


Dedicated Thursday, November 13, 2014