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 resources 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 the 2015 opening of the Freedom Library in the News and Observer.

Ann’s story, The Best of Enemies, 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 plan to share around the movie’s release.


Meet the Real Ann Atwater

Learn more from the archives

  • Read about the North Carolina Fund that trained Ann Atwater in community organizing and became a model for President Johnson’s War on Poverty.