Old Lawrence City Library
Constructed in 1904, the Old Lawrence City Library is an excellent example of Neo-Classical architecture and is a symbol of the town's historical affinity for reading and learning. It was partially funded by a gift $27,000 from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who help fund the construction of libraries all over the country. Affixed to the wall just outside the entrance is a plaque about African-American poet, Langston Hughes (1902-1967), who grew up in Lawrence and raised by his maternal grandmother. His love for literature and poetry was kindled during his trips to the library. He would later become one of the great poets of the 20th century. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Backstory and Context
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Pankratz, Richard. "Old Lawrence City Library." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. February 18, 1975. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/bf24f591-3d46-4643-9892-200faf605e50.
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