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Learning About Our Ancestors Segment, Part 6 – Enid M. Baa, Pioneering Librarian

Learning About Our Ancestors Segment, Part 6 – Enid M. Baa, Pioneering Librarian

Ms Enid Maria Baa, for whom the Public Library in Downtown Charlotte Amalie is named, played a huge role as a pioneer in establishing and managing the libraries of the US Virgin Islands.

Ms Baa took part in establishing the very first High School library and went on to matriculate at Howard University. She moved on to Hampton Institute in the midst of her undergraduate career, graduating from Hampton's Library Science Program in 1933 Upon her return to the U.S. Virgin Islands, she became the first woman to occupy a cabinet position as she led the Dept. of Public Libraries. .Under her leadership, the territory's libraries flourished.

She was an exchange librarian for the University of Puerto Rico and worked to encourage youngsters and adults to take advantage of the wonders to be found within books. Not content to rest upon her accomplishments, Enid M. Baa returned to scholarly pursuits (at Columbia University), finishing undergraduate work in English Literature and the Humanities. Sh

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