After months of procrastinating, I finally got around to finishing up the paperwork for my National Register nomination for the National Register of Historic Places. This was originally a part of a final assignment for my Historic Preservation class.
My multiple property nomination is on the Faith Cabin Libraries in South Carolina. This was an interesting topic considering I did not know anything about these libraries. In the 1930s-1940s, a white millworker by the name of Willie Lee Buffington helped to build libraries for the African American communities in South Carolina. At the time, because of segregation, blacks only had access to libraries in Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville. If you lived anywhere else, you were pretty much out of luck.
But, finding a standing library proved to be even more of a challenge. After some calling around to various people within the state, I located two unlisted libraries (one has been listed as part of another nomination for Bettis Academy): one in Seneca, S.C. and another in Pendleton, S.C. These original log-cabin libraries are still standing. And, their dedicated owners are trying to fight against time and the elements to keep them around.
If these libraries are nominated to the register, then they’ll have access to state and federal funding to keep them around.
Depending on the process, in a few months, these libraries could be on the National Register for Historic Places (the link to the SC listing of historic properties). Because this is a multiple property nomination, if anyone happens to come across another library in the future, then they can nominate it as a part of this nomination without too much trouble
For more information on FCLs, check out the webpage created by the School of Library and Information Science at USC: http://www.libsci.sc.edu/histories/aif/aif08.html
P.S. To all my Georgia readers, Buffington created Faith Cabin Libraries in Georgia too. So keep your eyes peeled! And, contact your Georgia SHPO office if you find one.