The Carver Museum and Cultural Center and the Carver Branch Library grew out of one of the first library buildings in Austin, which later became the “colored branch” of the Austin Public Library system. The small building was originally constructed in 1926 as the central library at Guadalupe and West 9th streets. It was moved to its current location in 1933 and renamed in 1947 after Dr. George Washington Carver, the famous African American agricultural scientist known as one of the greatest inventors in American history. After completion of the larger branch library to the south, the historic facility was rededicated in 1979 as one of the first African American neighborhood museums in Texas. In 2005, a new museum and cultural facility was added to the campus, exploring topics including Juneteenth, African American families in Austin, and the work of African American artists, scientists, and inventors.
George Washington Carver Library and Museum