We celebrate and mourn life of African American pioneer, Allegra Westbrooks

Ms. Allegra Westbrooks

The community mourned and celebrated the life of Allegra Westbrooks on May 5 at her funeral. Ms. Westbrooks was the first African American public library supervisor in North Carolina, and was a pioneer in public library services that included the whole community.   Ms. Westbrooks was hired by the then Charlotte Public Library in 1947 as the head of Negro Library Services for the system, based at the Brevard Street Library.   After the library system desegregated in 1956, she was promoted to head of Acquisitions and later Assistant Director.   Ms. Westbrooks’ career with the Library spanned 35 years. Read more about her contributions on cmstory.org