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June 27, 2015

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cm

It's the Orange County Historical Museum at 201 N. Churton St. in Hillsborough The Historical marker for Francis Nash gave it away!

Al Brophy

Yes, CM. You got that exactly right. You have outstanding eyesight.

Here'a s link to a Raleigh News and Observer article about the controversy:
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/chapel-hill-news/article25450165.html


Here's a key paragraph from the story:

The current structure was built in 1934, using $15,466 from the federal Civil Works Administration. The United Daughters of the Confederacy, who donated $7,000 to support local education and honor Confederate soldiers, named the whites-only “Confederate Memorial Library.”

What I don't know is whether there was some promise to name it Confederate Memorial Library in exchange for the UDC's contribution. I think the WPA was also involved in financing part of "Confederate Memorial Hall" on the Vanderbilt campus. I'm also curious to know when the "Confederate Memorial Library" was integrated. Anyway, next time I'm up in Hillsborough I want to investigate that a little more.

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