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Pearl Thompson wanted to check out a book from a North Carolina Library in 1942 while a student at Shaw University. She was told she could not because she is not white. A county library official changed that Thursday, years after the 1942 incident during the days of racial segregation.”She came to the library in 1942 to use a book for a paper she was writing, and she was denied access because she was African-American,” said Ann Burlingame, deputy director for Wake County Public Libraries.

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Pearl Thompson, 92, approaches the checkout desk before receiving a Wake County library card Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the Cameron Village Regional Library in Raleigh. Thompson was a student at Shaw University in 1942 when she was told she couldn't check out a book from the Olivia Raney Public Library because she was black.


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