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Charlotte’s grand Carnegie Library, one of many across the U.S. funded by steelmaker Andrew Carnegie, was completed in 1903. It refused to admit black patrons, for whom a “Colored Branch” opened on Brevard Street two years later.
 
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This segregated library opened in 1903 thanks to a grant from Andrew Carnegie. The circumstances surrounding its opening differ dramatically from that of the so-called "colored branch" located on Brevard street. Image courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room – Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. "Public Library: 1901-." The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story. 28 Nov. 2010. http://www.cmstory.org/exhibit/plcmc/2.htm
 
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The sounds of emanating from the machinery in this cotton mill filled the birth home of Romare Bearden. © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
 
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This white-only school serves as a contrast to the Myers Street School.
 
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The North Graded School, for white children only, opened in 1900. The building cost was $35,000.
 
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As a child, Romare Bearden and his friend Charles "Spinky" Alston would play ball on the front steps of this United States Mint branch.
 
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As a child, Romare Bearden and his friend Charles "Spinky" Alston would play ball on the front steps of this United States Mint branch. Image courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room – Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. "United States Mint." The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story. The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. 5 Dec. 2010. http://www.cmstory.org/imageGallery/showimage.asp?pictureid=940
 
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