Durham County Library and the Friends of the Stanford L. Warren Library will host a celebration of the legacy and leadership of Mrs. Selena Warren Wheeler, Durham County Library’s first African-American professional librarian, at 12 noon on Friday, September 26, at the Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St. This special event is free and open to the public. Wheeler passed away on July 18 at the age of 102.
Durham City Councilman Eddie Davis will emcee the reception, which will feature a program celebrating Wheeler’s numerous accomplishments, including serving as the head librarian of the Durham Colored Library for 13 years, serving on the Warren Board of Trustees for 20 years and the Durham County Library Board of Trustees for seven years, extending library hours and services, and designating a portion of the Warren Negro Collection as a special, non-circulating collection to be preserved for future generations. In 1990, that collection was renamed the Selena Warren Wheeler Collection in her honor. The Durham County Board of Commissioners paid tribute to Wheeler with a resolution on Monday, September 8.
For more information about the reception, call Myrtle Darden at 919-560-0274. More information about Wheeler is available in the North Carolina Collection’s online History of the Stanford L. Warren Library.