Looking back, Crocker said he recognizes the importance of the library being one of the first places in the city to be desegregated. "People sacrificed a lot, so that everybody in the community can have access to the entire library," Crocker said. "A lot of people sacrificed a lot of their time and their reputations in order for things to happen. I think it was very important that this happened in the 1960s and gave access to reading materials - and of course reading and information is the key to success," he said.
After sit-ins come protests, court cases and finally, integration
by Markus Schmidt (staff writer)
Published: February 28, 2010
PETERSBURG - The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, the Rev. R.G. Williams and three local students had already spent more than 24 hours in the city jail for trespassing at Petersburg's segregated public library, when in the early evening of Tuesday, March 8, 1960, more than 200 protesters marched.