NORFOLK – On Thursday morning, the Slover Library will celebrate the 144th birthday of its namesake, Colonel Samuel Leroy Slover.
At 10 a.m., the library, located at 235 E. Plume St., will unveil a historical marker in honor of Slover. For attendees with a sweet tooth, there will be a birthday cake, too.
Born on March 23, 1873, Slover served as the city council president on Norfolk – a position equal to mayor. As president, he helped to get the city’s budget back on track after the Great Depression and merged six local newspapers.
In 2008, Frank Batten Sr., Slover’s nephew and former CEO and Chairman of Landmark Communications, donated $20 million for construction of a new main library in Norfolk – a 138,000-square-foot, six-floor building that won an architectural design award in 2015 – that was to be named after his uncle.
After Batten’s death, another $20 million was donated by the Batten Foundation and the city, along with private donations, provided the remaining $22.6 million in funds for the library’s completion.
According to a news release from the city, there are more than 2,500 historical commemorative markers around the Commonwealth.
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