Ann Atwater Freedom Library


The Ann Atwater Freedom Library aims to lift up and carry on the legacy of Ann G. Atwater, a freedom teacher who indelibly shaped our vision of surprising friendships.

In addition to an archive on the life and work of Ann Atwater, we maintain a small a collection of fiction and nonfiction by and about figures in the American freedom struggle, primarily for young readers in the Walltown community.

Read about our 2015 opening in the News and Observer.

Throughout her life, Ann Atwater worked to empower poor and marginalized people to work together to create the change we want to see in our communities. We celebrate and support the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, as a movement through which we continue that work today.

“The Best of Enemies” Coming Soon!

The Best of Enemies, which tells the story of Ann’s surprising friendship with a local Klansman, will be released as a feature film in April of 2019. See the trailer below and register your email for updates on the movie’s premier and educational resources we will share before the movie’s release.

Download a 4-session Bible study on “Reconstructing the Gospel with The Best of Enemies.”


Meet the Real Ann Atwater

Learn more from the archive