Thank you for highlighting the new statue of Richard T. Greener in front of USC’s Cooper Library (“USC’s first African-American professor now honored by statue on campus”). During Reconstruction, Greener ran what is now the South Caroliniana Library, and his description of the collection was published as part of the American Centennial in Philadelphia in 1876.
Greener left South Carolina in 1876, but he treasured a photo album of the Caroliniana —the oldest free-standing academic library in the United States.
The university is currently restoring the Caroliniana, and Greener’s story will be featured in a USC Press book celebrating the historic library and its restoration.
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