Southeast Atlanta Library located at 1463 Pryor Road is to be renamed Louise Watley Library at Southeast Atlanta. AJC file photo

Library system to rename southeast library to honor community leader

Library System To Rename Southeast Library to Honor Community Leader

Atlanta Library to be renamed Louise Watley Library at Southeast Atlanta

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will hold a special ceremony honoring community leader and public housing advocate Louise Watley on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 1 p.m., where officials will unveil the newly installed sign, renaming the library in Watley’s honor.

Ms. Watley, a long-time advocate for the rights of citizens in public housing across the United States, has served on numerous boards, including Vice Chair of the Fulton Atlanta Community Action Agency, the Atlanta Community Empowerment Board, Chairperson of the Citywide Advisory on Public Housing, President of the Carver Homes Tenants Association and the National Tenants Association, to name a few.

“Ms. Watley’s contribution to the community, especially to the tenants of the Villages of Carver, a neighbor of our newly constructed Southeast Library makes this renaming all the more special. The many residents Ms. Watley has served and inspired will be able to visit her library for years to come,” said Dr. Gabriel Morley, Director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

The Southeast Atlanta Library, located at 1463 Pryor Road, Atlanta opened its doors to the public in June 2016, as part of the Fulton County Library System’s Capital Improvement Program, which saw the building of 8 new libraries, and the expansion and renovation of 2 additional libraries, including South Fulton Library and Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.

The renaming ceremony will include local officials, including Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Fulton County Manager, Dick Anderson and Ms. Diana Watley, granddaughter of Louise Watley, who will help celebrate the occasion and unveil the recently installed sign, renaming the building.

For more information about the Louise Watley Library at Southeast Atlanta, visit

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