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Petersburg Library Looks To Turn the Page

Excerpted from The Richmond Times-Dispatch
BY LUZ LAZO

PETERSBURG —Ernest Shaw has been using the public library downtown since long before he was allowed beyond the basement floor, which was reserved for blacks only.

“There is history in this building,” said Shaw, a retired sports radio announcer and newspaper writer who continues to visit the library six days a week.

Since 1924, this 13,000-square-foot house at 137 S. Sycamore St. has been home of the William R. McKenney Branch, the city’s central library. The library system has two other small branches: the A.P. Hill Branch at 1237 Halifax St. and the Rodof Sholom Branch at 1865 S. Sycamore St.

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