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Tabernacle family donates $8,215 toward new Petersburg library

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The congregation of Tabernacle Baptist Church recently held a special offering to benefit the Petersburg Library Capital Campaign.

On Sunday Aug. 8, the congregation of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Petersburg became a united force and obliged the Rev. Robert A. Diggs his request for a special offering to support the Petersburg Library Capital Campaign. Wayne Crocker, director of Library Services for the Petersburg Public Library System and member of the church, was unaware Reverend Diggs had planned this as a part of his traditional Sunday service. (more…)

Building the new Petersburg Public Library

The Petersburg Library Foundation recently received checks in the amount of  $500 from Peabody Class of 1956 and $1,500 from the Class of 1960.

Many members of both classes remember participating in the first library sit-in. Markus Schmidt, a reporter with The Progress-Index recently wrote “On a crisp, cold winter morning 50 years ago, a group of African-American protesters, led by the Rev. Wyatt T. Walker and the Rev. R.G. Williams, did the unthinkable. They entered the strictly segregated Petersburg Public Library at 137 S. Sycamore St. through the front door on the first floor, which was reserved for the exclusive use of white patrons.

What followed was a nine-month struggle to integrate the library that involved three sit-ins, the arrest of 11 people, turmoil in city government and finally a victory in the early struggle against racial injustice.”  Today the Petersburg Library is proud of their diverse patron base. Donations from these classmates will go towards the construction of the new $12.7 million 56,000 sq. foot library project.

Those class mates present felt their gift would encourage gifts from other graduating classes in Petersburg. Visit and learn more about your new library.

Petersburg Library Receives Gift from Area Civic Club


Pictured left to right: Cheryl Collins- Petersburg Library Foundation fund development officer; Wayne Crocker- director of Petersburg Library System;  Ray Coleman- past Club president  and Vrodie Whitehead –president.

The Petersburg Library Foundation has received a $1,100 gift from Club Char-les-manze, Inc. The organization continues its tradition of community service with its donation. Club President, Vrodie Whitehead feels that it is the organization’s responsibility to participate in community projects that benefit Petersburg and enhance life here. Club Char-les-manze, Inc. was founded by the organization’s former President, Ray Coleman in 1965. The members of Club Char-les-manze make it a long term tradition to support community projects.  The new goal thermometer is located on the front lawn of the Central Library.

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