Funding for Black Libraries

In the early years of school libraries, Black schools were often without a library collection of any sort. In 1928, the Rosenwald Fund was created to address these inequities by providing funding for books for Black schools to help build collections. Booker T. Washington High School Students
In 1933, 91.1% (or 2,123 of the 2,330 schools) of Black elementary schools were without library books. 70.5% of Black high schools had no school library books. In contrast, 39% of the White elementary schools lacked a school library and only forty-seven of the 343 White high schools of the state were without school libraries.

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