In the fall of 1910, famed educator and president of Tuskegee Institute, Booker T. Washington, made a series of speeches in North Carolina. On November 3, 1910, he spoke at the Academy of Music in Wilmington
Back in 1939, Hart turned her private library collection into the Hertford County Colored Public Library. The library was in operation from 1939 to 1969 until it merged with the Albemarle Regional Library. During its existence Hart’s library was the only public library for people of color in northeastern North Carolina during the Jim Crow era.
The monumental school building on Umstead Street between Fayetteville and Roxboro streets was originally Hillside Park High School Durham's first full high school for Black students in Durham, NC. The school's history began in 1887,