Hardy was first black librarian

Anonymous Patron writes The Kinston Free Press (Kinston, North Carolina) has a profile of Laura Washington Hardy, first librarian at a branch library to serve Kinston’s black residents.
It was a small wooden building and opened in 1938 as a library for black people. Two rooms were used for books, while the third stored coal and wood for the heater. Hardy welcomed black patrons to the new library Oct. 5, 1938. The branch opened with 500 books and 300 borrowers.”