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Libraries raise money to buy gravestone for SLO County’s first librarian

Posted at 11:30 PM, Feb 22, 2019

The San Luis Obispo library’s very first librarian is getting a headstone.

Librarians were doing research for the 100th anniversary of SLO County libraries, and they discovered their first librarian was buried without a gravestone.

They started a gofundme page and raised $1,600 in three weeks.

Librarian Francis Margaret Milne was born in 1846. Her poetry is still published by the University of California Press.

A line of her poetry will be engraved in the headstone.

“I think the underlying theme: librarianship. You are trained to help people and we are always rooting for the underdog, so to speak, and I didn’t know that going into it but after reading some of her poetry to get to know her a bit, I learned that that’s what she championed,” Sharon Coronado, Coordinating Librarian for Adult Services.

The library is hoping to invite Milne’s family to a celebration of her life.