Fulton County renames library after branch manager killed at work

Library officials and relatives of Gladys Dennard remembered her at a renaming ceremony. FULTON COUNTY

Library officials and relatives of Gladys Dennard remembered her at a renaming ceremony. FULTON COUNTY

Fulton County has renamed a library after a branch manager who was killed on duty in 2002.

The South Fulton Library is now called the Gladys S. Dennard Library at South Fulton.

Dennard was killed by an employee, John Eggleston, who then killed himself. Dennard, who was 52 when she died, had worked for the library system for three decades and opened the Union City branch.

According to reports at the time, Dennard had asked police on at least three occasions to sit in on disciplinary meetings with Eggleston, and she had called 911 the week before he shot her when he would not leave her office. She had prepared paperwork to fire him when she was killed.

When Dennard joined the library system, black librarians were rare in metro Atlanta. She worked her way up to branch manager.

Dennard had two daughters. At the naming ceremony, one of them read a poem she wrote for her mother and spoke of her love for the library and her community.

Nearly 100 people came to the renaming ceremony.

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