- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A ceremony is set in Galveston this week to honor the 110th anniversary of the first public library for African Americans in Texas.

The event is set for Wednesday afternoon at the Old Central Cultural Center. That’s the former Central High School that was once Galveston’s school for African-Americans.

The branch of the city’s public Rosenberg Library was established there specifically for black Galvestonians in May 1904.

Douglas Matthews is a member of the cultural center’s board. He tells The Associated Press that the ceremony will also note that Rosenberg Library became integrated 10 years before the city’s public school system did. He said the motion to integrate the library was made in 1958.

He says the ceremony will include the unveiling of two commemorative plaques.


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