Black community leaders in San Antonio behind evolution of Carver Community Center


SAN ANTONIO – In the early 1900s, the constructing we now know because the Carver Community Center was a secure haven for Black San Antonians. The middle served as a efficiency area for artists and musicians of the instances like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and extra.

In 1930, two native activists, John Grumbles and Charles Bellinger pushed to re-purpose the area as a library for African-Americans throughout segregation. It formally opened the next year as “The Colored Library Auditorium” however continued to deal with just about all occasions in the African-American community.

In 1938, the constructing was renamed in honor of George Washington Carver, a outstanding Black scientist.

Then in 1973, when town needed the constructing demolished, community members stood in entrance of the bulldozer to maintain it standing. They succeed in stopping the demolition, and as an alternative the constructing was renovated into the area we have now at the moment.

The present area continues to deal with native artists, musicians and performers very similar to it originated. After desegregation, the library which is now generally known as the Carver Branch Library moved to East Commerce Street.


When the library was first established, Prudence Lewis Curry was introduced in as the primary department supervisor and librarian.

Prior to that, she was a college trainer in South Carolina and Prairie View A&M. With a ardour for schooling, she spent the following 28 years main the library that’s now devoted to her reminiscence.

The library at the moment follows in Curry’s footsteps with dedication to serving the community and our youth. The department hosts a spread of occasions, from e-book gala’s and Black History Month occasions, to health and karaoke.

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