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Muscogee County Historical Markers

Mildred L. Terry Branch Library

  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Mildred L. Terry Branch Library
  • Location: 640 Veterans Parkway, Columbus

Mildred L. Terry Branch Library

The first public library for African Americans in segregated Columbus, the Colored/Fourth Avenue Library, opened on January 5, 1953. The existence of this facility resulted from covenants and restrictions barring the use of the city’s new public library by African Americans. The project was completed with expenditures of less than one hundred thousand dollars. The library was renamed the Mildred L. Terry Branch Library in 1981 in honor of its first librarian.


Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, Kendrick High School Young Historians, Muscogee County Friends of Libraries, Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library System, and Historic Columbus Foundation