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Beatrice M. Caraballo
Author & Historian
Dear Community & City Officials of
My name is Beatrice M. Caraballo. I am an Author
& Historian of the City of
Andrew Carnegie did not have a formal education,
but as a youth working in
The flowering of public libraries across the
On January 2, 1903 in the City of Camden, New
Jersey, Dr. Dowling Benjamin, the city’s foremost bacteriologist and author of
a novel, convinced philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to donate one hundred
thousand twenty dollars toward the construction of three libraries within city
boundaries: Carnegie Library on Broadway & Line Street; East Camden Branch,
which burn down in the 1960s, and the Cooper Public Library Branch known
commonly as The Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center. Carnegie required only that
the Camden Administration appropriate ten thousand dollars annually for upkeep
of each educational facility. Sixth Ward Councilman Charles H. Ellis wrote a
resolution to this effect and it was accepted by council in February 1903. The
city purchased the property of John H. Dialogue’s on Broadway at the corner of
I recently spoke to Councilwoman Dana L. Redd and asked about her recollection of the Carnegie Library on Broadway. She reminiscences, “I remember my mother took me to get my first library card there and I use to spend hours reading books. So many people went there for research and school projects. I remember that building was beautiful.” She remembered the beautiful staircases on both sides of the interior of the building. She prays that someone will invest their money into redeveloping this gorgeous structure.
The Carnegie Library has been vacant for many years after the library was removed from the building. The structure has endured the torment of violent weather and constant neglect. The roof of the building has collapsed and homeless vagrants find this to be their nightly rest. The moving of the library from this building affected the community in a negative manner. The entire city only has one library with outdated books that have missing covers or pages and computers that are obsolete. The moving of this library has left our students without a proper and adequate educational institution. This community has lost its very valuable library as well as a beautiful historic landmark. Although this building is on the National Register of Historic Places since 1990, this did not stop them from removing the library.
A newly formed group which has put their focus on preservation efforts for the Carnegie Library, called “Friends of Carnegie”. This group is in its organizational and funding phase, but dedicated to their goal. The City Redevelopment Agency has recently approved a twenty five year revitalization plan which will proceed down Broadway and include the Carnegie Library.
I wish the City of
Beatrice M. Caraballo