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During the Reconstruction Era

Richard Greener
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Richard T. Greener, the first Black librarian of the University of South Carolina

Reconstruction was a painful episode for all citizens of South Carolina. Efforts to integrate the state's institutions of higher education illustrate the difficulties and the results. The University of South Carolina became, for a very short period, a predominately Black institution. Richard H. Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard University, served as the USC librarian from 1875-76. His work as librarian isn't well documented, but records do show him continuing the kinds of work his predecessors dealt with in the same post.

Portion of a budget report submitted by Greener to the General Assembly for the fiscal year 1876 shows $2,500 for the repair of the library and books.
Greener's Budget Document
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