“A fine Carnegie Library for Union, S.C.”
City Directories and History: This magnificent structure was constructed in circa 1905 and is reported to be the earliest Carnegie Library in the state. The building cost the handsome sum of $10,000. to construct and the citizens of Union have supported the library with their tax dollars since the building was completed. The first librarian was Miss Nannie Porter.
This historic library building is marked as dwelling #22 on the accompanying Sanborn Insurance Map from 1917.
The Yorkville Enquier reported on April 11, 1903 – “Union has been excited over an election on weather to accept the proposition of Mr. Carnegie to build a public library. He offered to give $10,000., on condition that $5,000. came locally and the town agreed to spend $1,000. annually to maintain the library. The vote was 253 in favor and 63 against.”
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