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  • Emotional 92-year-old receives library card after being denied book in 1942

    An emotional Pearl Thompson, 92, receives 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.

An emotional Pearl Thompson, 92, receives 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. Travis Long tlong@newsobserver.com
An emotional Pearl Thompson, 92, receives 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. Travis Long tlong@newsobserver.com

73 years after being denied library card, Pearl Thompson is honored

July 02, 2015 6:04 PM