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1913–1914 library, Frank R. McGeoy(?); 1955 addition, Robert J. Moor. 408 W. Washington St. 1914–1915, Confederate Memorial Building, Frank R. McGeoy. 215 Henderson St.

At the behest of the Greenwood Women’s Club, Andrew Carnegie donated $10,000 toward Greenwood’s first public library, while the club and the J. Z. George Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) contributed the same toward the adjacent Confederate Memorial Building. Local architect McGeoy designed the latter, and perhaps the former. Both buildings, featuring red brick Flemish bond walls, stone window frames and belt courses, and prominent chimneys are mildly Jacobean Revival. The Confederate building’s porch facing Washington Street features memorial plaques listing the names of Leflore County’s Confederate dead.

The first eight hundred books for the library came from the collection of J. Z. George, whose daughter helped fund construction. A 1955 addition to the library’s east end fits seamlessly with the older building.

Writing Credits

Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller


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Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller, "HISTORIC GREENWOOD-LEFLORE LIBRARY AND CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL BUILDING", [Greenwood, Mississippi], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Mississippi, Jennifer V. O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio. With Mary Warren Miller. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2021, 130-130.

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