Lydia Schenck 

African American
910 Mint St.
As the Brevard Street Library's first librarian, Lydia Schenck played a vital role in fundraising efforts. The city only allocated enough money for the building of the library with none left over to fill it with books and furniture. A decade after the library opened, Lydia Schenck was in charge of over nine thousand books. In the commemorative book Colored Charlotte, Lydia is described as "one of the most efficient Librarians in the country. She knows every book in the Library and has read more than two-thirds of the books on the shelves."

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Works Cited:

Hanchett, Thomas W. Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Print.

Watson, C. H. Colored Charlotte  Published in Connection with the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Freedom of the Negro in the County of Mecklenburg and the City of Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte, NC: AME Zion Publishing Company, 1915. Print.