Early Black Families Held Influential Roles in Greensboro Part Two

In Greensboro and Guilford County during the nineteenth century, the Mitchell and Dean families contributed themes of influence and agency as free people of color within the context of legalized slavery and disenfranchisement. Working from their positions within the building industry – specifically brick making and masonry — male family members found their voice through…

Early Black Families Held Influential Roles in Greensboro Part One

In Greensboro and Guilford County during the nineteenth century, the Mitchell and Dean families contributed themes of influence and agency as free people of color within the context of legalized slavery and disenfranchisement. Working from their positions within the building industry – specifically brick making and masonry — male family members found their voice through…

The Secrets of Nocho Park, Clinton Hills, and Benbow Park

East Greensboro is a constellation of neighborhoods, many with a spectrum of African American connections. However, the heart of East Greensboro is within a triangle of seminal institutions including North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Bennett College, and Dudley High School. These institutions define a community that led North Carolina through the Civil Rights…

A&T’s Amazing Architectural Legacy

Most in Greensboro celebrate the fact that North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T) is the largest historically black university in the nation, and most recognize it is a well-regarded public land grant university for research in areas of engineering, biomedical engineering, and technology. Fewer people realize that A&T’s campus is composed of a…

Study to Focus on Preservation Opportunities in East High Point Neighborhood

As a result of a grant made by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington DC, Preservation Greensboro has obtained a specialist in historic preservation that will carefully review the circumstances surrounding the pending demolition of two important National Register properties, one of which is also a Guilford County Landmark, located on Washington Street…

A Beginning Or The End of High Point’s East Washington Street?

The First Baptist Church and the Kilby Hotel are cornerstones of the East Washington Street National Historic District, and their loss may not only threaten the historic designation of the neighborhood and related tax credits, but reveals a dysfunction in a community frequently cited for its can-do spirit. Like the Samuel E. Burford Auditorium on…

Treasured Places Watch List Updates Concerns for Old Places in 2011

Greensboro is a city endowed with numerous treasured places, yet from time to time, some of these places are threatened with destruction. Redevelopment, facility expansion, inappropriate new development, and even neglect are themes in 2011 that cause concern among citizens who value places that hold unique personality and character. The Treasured Places Watch List was…

Early Housing Reforms Sought Innovative Designs

The height of the Great Depression saw the nation’s housing industry mired in high unemployment, tight financing, and poor housing conditions. The average home loan required short terms ranging from three to five years. Reform was necessary to counter the large down payments, second mortgages, and high interest rates that were commonplace. Congress responded to…

The Secrets of Bluford Street

East Greensboro is rich with historic and cultural sites, ranging from Dudley High School to the L. Richardson Hospital and War Memorial Stadium, as well as the campuses of Bennett College for Women and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T). However, one asset has been forgotten by historians and neighborhood advocates – the…