Mr. Wayne Crocker

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Mr. Wayne Crocker (audio coming soon)

Mr. Crocker is the Library Director of the Petersburg Public Library. He is also a founder and member of the board of the McKenney Foundation, a nonprofit created to develop an African-American museum in the old public library. The old library was active during segregation and was the site of a sit-in in 1960, led by Wyatt Tee Walker, pastor of Gillfield Baptist Church. When a federal court mandated that the city desegregate the library, the city chose to shut it down completely. They later re-opened and allowed black patrons to use the library freely.

About the photo: Mr. Crocker sits on the steps inside the old public library that he is working on to turn into an African-American museum.

March 23, 2023

For more information: About Mr. Crocker          About the Museum

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