New College Library to Honor African-American Couple

LaGrange College, a four-year liberal arts institution in LaGrange, Georgia, has announced plans to construct a new 45,000-square-foot, three-story library on campus at a cost of $20 million. The building will be named the Frank and Laura Lewis Library.

Frank Lewis, who died last year, was the first black faculty member at LaGrange College. He was the director of the current Banks Library on campus for 22 years. His wife Laura, who died in 2003, worked in the admissions office at the college and was a librarian at a city library. The new library is scheduled to open in 2009.

Blacks make up more than 20 percent of the 1,200 students at LaGrange College.