Black woman denied Raleigh library card in 1942 finally gets one

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A 93-year-old woman finally has a library card – more than 70 years after being denied one.

Pearl Thompson was a student at Shaw University in 1942 when she went to a Raleigh library for a book report. But Thompson, who is black, was denied a library card in the days of the segregated South. She had to read the book in the basement of the Olivia Raney Library located downtown and then return it.

When local librarians heard about her story, they wanted to right a wrong. On Thursday, she got a library card at the Cameron Village Regional Library in Raleigh.

Thompson called it an honor to get her card.

She now lives in Cincinnati.

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