From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Carr, Maria Powell

(born: 1858  -  died: 1920) 

In 1912, Maria Carr became one of the first African American women library attendants in a Kentucky public library. She was hired to staff the Henderson Colored Library, the first library structure for African Americans in the United States. She was the wife of James A. Carr, who was a grocer when the couple married March 18, 1875 [source: Kentucky Marriage Records, Negroes, Henderson County, KY]. They were the parents of several children. Maria Carr died August 13, 1920 [Find A Grave photo image]. For more see Library Service to African Americans in Kentucky, by R. F. Jones.

Additional information received from Rebecca Bibbs on 11/16/2012: Maria Carr was the daughter of Elizabeth Powell and Robert Glass, and she was the grandmother of Junius Bibbs. Elizabeth Powell lived with her daughter, and is listed with the family in the U.S. Federal Census, 1880-1910. A photo image of Maria Powell Carr is available at the Henderson County, KY Families website.


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NKAA Entry: Henderson Colored Branch Library (Henderson County, KY)
NKAA Entry: Bibbs, Junius A.
NKAA Source: Library service to African Americans in Kentucky, from the Reconstruction Era to the 1960s

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