CCC’s Social Science Clubs Gives Donation for Library Marker
CLARKSDALE – Most people walk by Clarksdale’s Carnegie Public Library with no clue about the historical reference behind the building’s name. Soon, that will no longer be the case with the help of a generous donation from Coahoma Community College’s Social Science Club.
During the library’s 100th Anniversary celebration Saturday, April 12, CCC sophomores Eddie and Jennine Wyatt presented a $325 check on behalf of the college’s Social Science Club. The donation kicked-off a drive to raise the funds needed to place a historical marker at the location.
“We really appreciate Coahoma Community College’s support, and we’re thankful for the Social Science Club’s efforts. This is a great start for our campaign,” said Library Director Sarah Ruskey. “We’re so happy to see these students reaching out and giving back to the community.”
The library is named in honor of Andrew Carnegie, an immigrant who went from rags to riches to become a self-made man and the king of the steel industry. Carnegie preached the obligation of the wealthy to return their money to the societies where they made it.
“Last year while studying Andrew Carnegie, the students learned about his philanthropy,” said Advisor Barbara Boschert, CCC history instructor. “The students decided that our library needed a historical marker to honor Carnegie and his initial contribution to the library.”
Sponsored by CCC’s Social Science Department, the Social Science Club provides students the opportunity to make use of current reading material in discussing vital social problems. The organization raised the donation through various fundraisers.
The total cost of the historical marker project is $2000.