Rest in Power, Cynthia G. Hurd, Librarian, among those killed in the hate crime shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston. To honor their coworker and the 8 other victims, St. Andrews Regional Library and John L. Dart Library of Charleston County Public Library are closed today, Friday June 19. All 16 of CCPL’s locations were closed Thursday in mourning.
Hurd worked with CCPL for 31 years. At the time of her death she served as manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library branch. From 1990–2011 she was manager of the John L. Dart branch, named after the founder of the Charleston Normal and Industrial School for local black children in 1894. Charleston’s first free public library for African Americans was established in 1927 by Dart’s daughter, Susan Dart Butler, and when the 75th anniversary of its founding was commemorated in 2012, Hurd worked on the planning committee. She was active in the community as well, serving on the Charleston City Housing Authority board of commissioners. [Library Journal. June 18, 2015]
Hurd was the sister of former North Carolina Sen. Malcolm Graham. In a statement released Thursday, Graham said, “My sister, Ms. Cynthia Marie Graham-Hurd, was a victim of the senseless hate crime at Emanuel AME Church. It is unimaginable that she would walk into church and not return. Graham spoke through tears, the Charlotte Observer reported, remembering his sister. “’She was a nerd,’ Graham said lovingly. ‘She was a librarian.’”