Evangeline Lacy was the first black woman to teach at the Evanston Public Library
A former public library employee has died after being stabbed at a library in Evanston, Illinois.
The library confirmed Wednesday that Evangel Lacy, 58, was among the victims.
The hospital has not released any information about her condition.
The Chicago Tribune first reported the stabbing.
Lacy worked at the library for more than 30 years.
She was also the first African-American female employee to teach in the Evanstone branch of the public library, which was founded in 1884.
She also served as a school librarian for over a decade.
The news of Lacy’s death was first reported by The Evanston News-Gazette.
Lacey was on the way to the library to give a presentation to a group of students.
She did not have an attorney listed in the Chicago Tribune article.
Evanston is located about 75 miles south of Chicago.
Police have not released the names of any of the victims, but Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said they are in the process of releasing their identities.
Guglilmi said Lacy had been in the hospital and is in stable condition.
He said Lacey had worked at public libraries in Evanstone for several years.
He did not know what her plans were for the day.
Lazy is survived by her husband, a former Chicago police officer, and a daughter.
She had been a resident of Evanston since 2000, according to her obituary.
She graduated from the Chicago Institute of Technology in 1982, and later went on to earn a law degree from Northwestern University Law School.
(Family photo) The Chicago Public Library has an annual budget of about $1.4 million, but Gugilmi would not say how much the library budget was.
He declined to comment on Lacy in particular, saying police are investigating the incident.
Laly died at a hospital Wednesday afternoon.
Her family said in a statement that they are devastated by Lacy ‘s passing.
“Her life and work at the public libraries will live on forever,” the statement read.
‘It was a lot of fun’ “We all felt very fortunate to have her as a friend,” said her son, Robert Lacy , a retired Chicago police sergeant.
“It was definitely a lot in the city of Evan.”
Lacy taught in the library branch for 10 years, according a memorial posted on the library’s website.
The branch is located on Chicago’s Northwest Side.
The public library was established in Evan Stone in 1885.
LACY’S CAREER Lacy received her B.A. in English from Northwestern and her M.A., a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Chicago University, from the University of Chicago in 1978.
She then spent nine years at the University Of Chicago Law School, where she also taught the library.
She left the law school in 1986 and became a full-time employee of the library, where her career was on hold until 2009.
She later received her law degree.
Lately, Lacy has been involved in community activism.
Lather, who is black, became involved with a Chicago nonprofit called the Evan-Sarasota Partnership for Youth that provides youth with summer jobs.
She has also worked as an organizer with the American Civil Liberties Union and a public school teacher.
She wrote about her experience at the local branch in a column for The Journal Sentinel.
“I don’t think we are all going to be as happy as we were before she was here, but she made me feel at home, and it was a whole lot of good things,” Lather said.
She said she was grateful to have a black woman at the table.
“There are people in Evan who have never had a woman that was at the head of the table, that was the leader,” Lacy said.
“That’s the kind of leadership we need to have.”