Originally located in a small storefront building in the heart of the black business community, the library first opened in 1935 with a collection of 890 books. Under the leadership of Mollie Huston Lee, the library’s founder and first African-American librarian in Wake County, and with strong community support, the library grew, causing it to move twice before settling into the current location. The Lee Collection is a major draw for researchers interested in African-American history, with more than 8,000 volumes. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9am-9pm; Fri., 9am-5pm; Sat., 10am-5pm.

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