Liberty Public Library

196 Clinic Drive
Liberty, MS 39645

601-657-8781

Liberty Hours:

Mon-Tue-Wed-Fri  10:30am-5:30pm

Sat 10:00am-12:00pm

Thu & Sun Closed

About Us:

Mayor Ray Martin cut the ribbon at the library's new location (donated by Sam Roberts) in a wooden building on Main Street. Mrs. Fred Le Blanc was the librarian. The library moved again in 1968 to the historic Little Red Schoolhouse. The building, built prior to 1840, was once part of the Amite Female Seminary founded by the Rev. M. S. Shirk in 1853. The two-story building was once connected to the main building of the seminary by an elevated walkway. Union troops burned all of the structures except the schoolhouse during Civil War raids on Liberty. Mary Van Norman Ratliff chaired the committee to restore the building for a library.

The town of Liberty and the county of Amite were created by the territorial legislature on February 24, 1809. Located on Highway 24 and 48 near the center of the county, Liberty's earliest name was "Three-chopped Way" referring to the Indian trail that ran through it. No explanation is given as to how the town was named Liberty, but the county is named for the Amite River. Liberty is also known as the birthplace of Dr. Tichenor's famous antiseptic. The Tichenor house is still standing in Liberty.

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