Remembering the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-in
On August 20, 1937, Alexandra Library (Va.) opened its Kate Waller Barrett Branch. However, due to laws in place during that time, African American citizens were not allowed to use the facility and its resources. This led to a pivotal event in the library's history on August 21, 1939, when local attorney, Samuel W. Tucker, and five other men conducted the country's first-ever library sit-in.
The library's Local History/Special Collections Branch and Kate Waller Barrett Branch opened a special exhibit in August to honor the participants of the sit-in. Additionally, the library is celebrating the 80th anniversary of this historic event with a film series celebrating black history and civil rights, running through December 2019.