1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In
George Combs and Audrey P. Davis talked about the 1939 Alexandria Library sit-in, led by African-American attorney Samuel Tucker. In… read more
George Combs and Audrey P. Davis talked about the 1939 Alexandria Library sit-in, led by African-American attorney Samuel Tucker. In 1937, the Alexandria Free library opened, and African Americans were denied its use. After several attempts to argue his case for a true public library, Mr. Tucker organized a protest in August of 1939. He instructed five African Americans to go into the Library’s reading room and refuse to leave. As a result of the case, in 1940 the City built the smaller Robinson Library for African Americans. This library was eventually incorporated into the Alexandria Black history Museum.
C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2013 LCV Cities Tour” in Alexandria, Virginia, February 15-22 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Comcast Cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. close
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