Bicentennial Minutes January - March

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Greensboro Public Library and Historical Museum offer interesting facts to familiarize you with our rich history. From big occasions to everyday occurrences, you'll find a daily dose of times gone by. Enjoy these, and if you have an opportunity to use them on your own project, please credit the Library and Museum as your source.

January 1, 1997

FaithAction International House is founded today. This center for cross-cultural learning and will assist immigrants with problems resulting from language or cultural differences, provide them with a gathering place, and help community members to understand  these new neighbors.

January 1, 1931

Today is the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and Greensboro is celebrating it in a big way. Many citizens, from war veterans to Boy Scouts, took part in the parade, which ended at Dudley High School. Now spectators have packed the auditorium to watch a pageant depicting African-American history from 1619 to the present.

January 2, 1849

Fire destroys most of Greensboro’s business district. It begins in a large  frame dwelling not far from the courthouse, and three more buildings quickly go up in flames as the fire sweeps from one to another with nothing to stop its progress. City officials will soon purchase the city’s first fire engine, install two water supply cisterns, and organize volunteers to man the system.

January 3, 1908

The Military Club, which encourages young men to join the Gate City Guards militia is holding a
smoker at the armory tonight. A smoker, for those who aren’t familiar with the term, is an informal social gathering—sorry, ladies, it’s for men only.

January 4, 1961

This week children’s jeans, which usually sell for $1.09 a pair, are on sale for 88 cents at Sears.
There’s even a choice of six colors.

January 5, 1904

The Greensboro Tobacco Market reopens after the holidays, and The Greensboro Patriot  newspaper announces that the market will give growers the best prices in the area.

January 6, 1970

Guilford College’s radio station, WQFS, signed on for the first time today. It  is operated by students and plans an easy listening format. In later years, it will  move into progressive jazz and rock and roll and will add programs in several languages.

January 7, 1984

The News & Record includes a feature article about 11-year-old Melanie Blievernicht’s collection of stickers. She already has 687 of them, with the cartoon cat Garfield and the unicorn as her favorites. Her dream is that some day she’ll get into the Guinness Book of Records or that her stickers will become valuable antiques.

January 8, 2002

 A new theater company, Triad Stage, holds its first performance, “Suddenly Last Summer" by 
Tennessee Williams. The performance is sold out, and the crowds of theater-goers add excitement to Greensboro’s downtown area.

January 9, 1943

Gas rationing due to the Second World War does not allow the use of cars for pleasure driving, creating a demand for horse-drawn carriages. Today a new ruling states that private automobiles cannot be used to transport people to and from dances for the entertainment of soldiers visiting in the city.

January 10, 2007

Piedmont Natural Gas is now using an electronic system for billing. As a Piedmont truck drives past a house, the meter transmits information on the home’s gas usage to the equipment in the vehicle. Then the data goes to the company’s computer system, improving the accuracy of customers’ bills. 
January 11, 1906

 A new organization, the Piedmont North Carolina Immigration Association,  meets at the Benbow Hotel, electing J. Van Lindley as president. At the suggestion of T. K. Bruner, North Carolina Agriculture Secretary, the group proposes to send an agent to other countries to recruit immigrants to come directly to North Carolina, landing at Wilmington or Norfolk and bypassing Ellis Island.

January 11, 1992

The Greensboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrates its 50th birthday. It has grown from eight to 204 members since its founding, and it serves the community in many ways, including providing scholarships to local high school students.

January 12, 1972

Developers Kirkman and Koury unveil Yester Oaks, a new concept in contemporary lifestyle. The project features two and three bedroom  apartments set among complete club facilities, swimming pools, tennis courts, and jogging trails. Apartments have up-to-date appliances, large rooms and walk-in closets. Rentals begin at $245 per month, including utilities.

January 13, 1834

The state legislature unanimously passes “An Act to Incorporate the Trustees of New Garden Boarding School.” Local Quakers will raise the money for the school, the first coeducational institution in North Carolina. It will train students to be teachers and eventually will become Guilford College.

January 14, 1962

Shiloh Baptist Church is holding a Mortgage Cancellation Thanksgiving Service today. This is an important milestone for the church, which was organized on April 10, 1892, when thirteen men and women affiliated with Providence Baptist Church met to make plans for a new church. 

January 15, 1926

This week Meyer’s Department Store on S. Elm Street is offering black patent pumps for $9.95. At this price, they are very special shoes, and Meyer’s is a very special store. One of the city’s oldest department stores, it was founded in 1904.

January 16, 1951

Seawell Realty places an ad in the Greensboro Daily News for a McKnight Mill Road five-room house with garage and workshop. The asking price is $8,200. The home is even insulated!

January 17, 1857

Snow begins and will continue for over twenty-four hours in what will be called Greensboro’s largest snow storm. Bitter cold winds push the two-foot snowfall into drifts, as deep as six to 20 feet. As the storm closes roads, halts mail, and impedes train service, the train will take four days to travel the 10 miles from Jamestown to Greensboro.

January 18, 1917

The Rotary Club, founded in 1903 in Chicago, is holding the first meeting of a Greensboro chapter here today.  Rotary members include men from various businesses and professions whose goals are to assist one another and to serve the common good. Paul W. Schenck is president, and members include prominent citizens Julius W. Cone, Julian Price, and J. E. Latham.

January 19, 1944

The Greensboro Police Department adds its first African-American officers to its roster. Samuel Penn and John Montgomery are the two officers; their beat will primarily be plainclothes duty. They will start pay at $140.80 a month, the standard salary for beginning officers on the Greensboro force.

January 20, 1828

Buffalo Presbyterian Church, organized in 1756, recently completed its third church building. This one is built of brick made on a lot near the church, and there is a gallery for slaves. The church members have decided to use the pews from the old building instead of buying new furniture.

January 21, 1985

At 5 am today, Old Man Winter blasted Greensboro with a record-shattering  8 degrees below zero, destroying pipes, knocking out power in several places, and  freezing fuel lines in the city’s garbage trucks. Duke Power reports the greatest demand for power in its history.

January 22, 1987

A deep snowfall is a rarity in Greensboro, but today is one of those rare times. Ten inches of the white stuff have fallen on Greensboro proper, with other locales such as Winston-Salem having even more. Some power outages are occurring and car travel is treacherous. 

January 23, 1968

The Boar and Castle, a drive-in sandwich shop on West Market Street that opened in 1937, is running a family special, with castleburgers for 25 cents, castlesteaks for 35 cents, french fries for 20 cents, and fountain drinks for 10 cents. It also offers free delivery. The restaurant will remain popular with teenagers until it is torn down in 1981.

January 24, 1971

St. Matthews United Methodist Church, organized in 1866, moves today to its new location at 600 East Florida Street. A year ago, community redevelopment required the old building at Ashe and W. Lee Streets to be demolished.

January 25, 1947

Today the Greensboro Conservative Hebrew Congregation is holding the groundbreaking ceremony for its new synagogue on East Lake Drive. The group currently shares the Temple Emanuel building with the local Reform Jewish community and is naming its new synagogue, Beth-David, for members Beth and David Stadiem.

January 26, 1947

During the Second World War, the federal government provided day care centers. Now that these have closed, the community needs day care for children of working mothers. The Greensboro branch of the National Council of Negro Women announces the opening of a nursery to fill the need. In 1967, the agency will become part of United Day Care.

January 27, 1911

The City’s Board of Aldermen is meeting today, but the city is buzzing with ideas for changing Greensboro’s form of government. Greensboro citizens will adopt a new charter in twelve days, but the City will not use the council-manager form of government until 1921. 

January 28, 1986

Today astronaut Ron McNair was killed in the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle. The 35-year-old A & T graduate was the second African-American in space—and the first from a historically black institution. He held a Ph.D. in laser physics from MIT and was one of 35 astronauts selected from 8,000 applicants.

January 28, 2006

The Chinese New Year Celebration is taking place at the City’s Cultural Center today. 

January 29, 1856

After two parts of the North Carolina Railroad finally meet near Jamestown, two trains bring cheering railroad workers to Greensboro to celebrate. Former Governor John Motley Morehead, a Greensboro resident, has finally succeeded in his goal of bringing the railroad to Greensboro. Having convenient transportation will change Greensboro from a sleepy village to a bustling city.

January 30, 1895

The Reviewers book club is founded today, as eleven women trudge along the muddy, unpaved streets to the home of the neighbor who is hosting the meeting. They choose an ambitious reading list taken from the classics and also plan to discuss music, education, and foreign travel. Members come from the affluent neighborhood near Asheboro Street, later to be known as Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The club will still be active in the twenty-first century, when it will be the oldest surviving study club.

January 31, 1961

The citywide Mothers’ March, part of the March of Dimes campaign, includes more neighborhoods tonight than ever before, and over 700 women are participating in the walk this year. Organizers ask residents to leave porch lights on if they wish to contribute money to the fight against polio.

February 1, 1960

Four A & T students, after purchasing some items at Woolworth’s on South Elm Street, sit at the store’s lunch counter and place an order. They are not served, and sit-ins and negotiations will continue until July, when the lunch counter will finally be opened to all races. Eventually 54 cities in nine states will have similar sit-ins.

February 2, 1996

Today Greensboro mourns the destruction of one of its finest homes in a fire. The Ireland House at 602 W. Friendly Avenue, built in 1904, had 23 rooms, including a ballroom. Its unique architecture was a mixture of styles, and it included three stained glass Tiffany windows.

February 3, 1983

Henry E. Frye of Greensboro, former state senator, successful businessman and attorney, is sworn in today as an associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, the first African-American justice in the court’s history. His mother, Pearl Motley Frye, says, “I didn’t dream of such a thing.” Thirteen years ago, he became the first African-American elected to the North Carolina General Assembly since 1897.

February 3, 1897

The Evangelical Lutheran Grace Congregation is organized. During its early years, it will meet in a lodge hall in the Warnersville community. In 1965, its name will be shortened to Grace Lutheran Church.

February 4, 1902

Today the Greensboro Public Library held its formal opening ceremony. Dr. Henry Louis Smith, president of Davidson College, urged the citizens to use their new library. The library will open to the public tomorrow, with 1490 books, and will occupy three rooms on the third floor of the City Hall.

February 4, 1844
Architect Alexander Jackson Davis begins a three-day visit  to Gov. John Motley Morehead’s home in Greensboro to discuss the remodeling  of the rambling frame family residence. This visit will eventually result in Davis’  famous Tuscan Villa design for the project, later known as Blandwood.

February 4, 1993

The Black Child Development Institute celebrates its 15th anniversary today. Its goal is to improve the lives of African-American children and their families through a variety of programs and activities.

February 5, 1919

World War II flying ace George Preddy is born. He will grow up in a small brown-shingled home on Park Avenue, near War Memorial Stadium. He will not be accepted as a navy pilot because of his small size, his high blood pressure, and his curvature of the spine. After three failures with the navy, he will pass the army exams and become the highest-scoring Mustang ace of the war. 

February 6, 1956

Appearing in person at the National Theatre is “the most talked about new  personality in the last 10 years of recording music,” Elvis Presley. Among those performing with him are Mother Maybelle and June Carter of the Carter Sisters. Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel,” released ten days ago, is selling well, and he recently appeared on network television. His audience does not guess that in about seven months, Presley will appear on the Ed Sullivan Show.

February 7, 1950

The first complete section of the Summit Shopping Center opens today at the intersection of Summit and Bessemer Avenues, where U S Army vehicles  drove through the main gate of a basic training camp a few short years ago. This is the only shopping center in Greensboro and the 400th in the nation. North Carolina has one other shopping center, Cameron Village in Raleigh.

February 8, 1842

A slave owner offers a $10 reward for Fanny, a runaway slave. North Carolina’s newspapers are filled with such ads. Most runaway slaves stay in the local area, where family and friends can help them, and most, unlike Fanny, are male field hands. 

February 9, 1979

Voters in Greensboro and High Point approve the sale of mixed drinks in restaurants within their cities, and bars are crowded with celebrating citizens this evening. More than two-thirds of Greensboro voters say “yes” to mixed drinks, getting to the polls through the snow in four-wheel -drive vehicles when necessary.

February 10, 1916

It is getting more expensive to drive your car above the speed limit. Municipal Court Judge Glenn Brown just announced a fine of $1.00 for each mile of  excessive speed. Actually, this fine is just for the first offence. For later offences the fine will be even higher!

February 11, 1958

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the recent bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, spoke at Bennett College’s chapel today to an overflow crowd, urging members of his audience, “Don’t get ready to compete with colored people but with all people.” He declared, “We must learn to live together as brothers or we will certainly die together as fools.” Bennett College’s president, Willa Player, invited King to speak on the campus, although other groups in Greensboro did not welcome him.

February 11, 1988

Joseph Bryan is celebrating his 93rd birthday by continuing to be active in his many philanthropic ventures. He and his wife Kathleen have donated an estimated $25 million to worthy causes in Greensboro and around the state. Bryan is the retired senior vice president of Jefferson-Pilot Corp., retired president of Jefferson Standard Broadcasting Co., and former board chairman of
Pilot Life Insurance Co.  

February 12, 1948

The average monthly wage for City of Greensboro employees is $224.80, which is higher than the national average for state and local government workers. Wages are low, but so are prices; the homes listed in the classified ads are selling for $8,000 or less and ham costs about 50 cents a pound.

February 13, 1948

The Imperial Theatre announces its 11:00 pm Friday the 13th horror show, “Revenge of the Zombies.” Tickets are 36 cents each. The Imperial Theatre building will some day become the N Club.

February 14, 1952

Today the Parks & Recreation Department is joining several community organizations to form the city’s first club for senior citizens, the Sixty Plus Club. The future will hold even more exciting opportunities for seniors, including additional clubs, the Smith Senior Center, with its fitness room and indoor pool,  and expanded activities.

February 15, 1885

Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church officially opens today. Martin Donnell, local farmer and beloved member of the congregation, donated the land on which the church was built. Reverend Harry Weatherspoon will officiate the first sermon in the new building.

February 16, 1942

WGBG, Greensboro’s second radio station, begins programming. The call letters stand for “We’re Going to Beat Germany,” and the station plays music by such artists as Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw. The station will become WKEW in 1983 and then WRDG, a Radio Disney affiliate, in 1998.

February 17, 1962

“Shane,” a Western movie starring Alan Ladd, is playing at the National Theatre. This is an old movie which won an Oscar for best cinematography and was nominated for best picture eight years ago. The National Theatre is located at 311 S. Elm Street. By 2008, the building will be gone; the vacant lot where it once stood is between the Minj Grille and the Book Trader.

February 18, 1891

The North Carolina General Assembly issues a charter for the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial School. One of the reasons for choosing Greensboro as its location is the City’s  successful bond issue to pay for the college’s first buildings. This institution will eventually become the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

February 19, 1875

H. H. Tate advertises daily home delivery of milk and ice in any quantity, on reasonable terms. In fact, Mr. Tate offers to deliver ice at any hour of the day. His ad appears in The Greensborough Patriot, a prominent local newspaper.

February 20, 1981

Proctor and Gamble’s offer of 150 new jobs brings thousands out to apply  for them, and the crowds are a major headache to the two dozen law officers sent to keep order. More than 3,000 cars clog roads in the Bryan Park area. By lunchtime, job seekers have filed 2000 applications, and state troopers begin sending people away. Most applicants say they are already employed but
are seeking better pay.

February 21, 1846

The major local newspaper, The Greensboro Patriot, warns the public about counterfeit $4 Bank of the State of North Carolina bills flooding the area. These are, fortunately, easy to spot, since the word “Charlotte” is misspelled as “Charlton.”

February 22, 1955

The Central Carolina Convalescent Hospital hosts a polio nursing workshop today. The community built this hospital in just 94 days in 1948 in response to the major polio epidemic that struck 249 people, mostly children. It will serve as a polio treatment center until 1958.

February 22, 1902

The Guilford Battle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is chartered.

February 23, 1962

536 people ranging in age from 6 on up are doing the twist at the Greensboro Coliseum, dancing to raise money for the Greensboro Heart Fund. About 2,285 people have paid to watch this worthwhile event, and Bob Poole of radio station WBIG is the master of ceremonies.

February 24, 1931

Eight hundred people are celebrating at the annual Father-Son Banquet held at the Proximity YMCA at the corner of Maple and Fourth Streets. Herman Cone is serving as toastmaster, and the Cone Memorial YMCA Orchestra is playing. The Y is one of many services for employees of the Proximity mills.

February 25, 1953

Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital opens today. Among the patients is a boy celebrating his first birthday. The cost for a patient in a four-bed room is $8.00 a day.

February 26, 1926

Belk’s, located at 240 S. Elm Street, is selling men’s shirts for 98 cents each. The buyer can choose from white broadcloth, colored broadcloth, fancy madras, and percale. 

February 27, 1962

North Carolina A & T is celebrating the centennial of the first Land Grant College Act. The 1862 act funded the establishment of schools to teach agriculture and the mechanical arts, and A & T was founded in 1891 as a result of land grant funds.

February 28, 1923

Today a new women’s club, called the Guilford College Art Appreciation Club, was founded. Many members have connections with the college. The group plans to share the cost of purchasing prints of famous paintings; members will enjoy them in their homes and then donate them to the college for use in art appreciation classes. Meetings are very informal—no one keeps on her hat!

February 29, 1948

The last war-emergency cadet students of St. Leo’s Hospital nursing program are graduating today. This hospital, located on Summit Avenue, opened in 1906 and began its nursing school that same year. During World War II, it trained students for war service. Although the hospital is Catholic, it accepts patients of every race and religion. 

March 1, 1943

The first troops arrive for training at the new 650-acre Army Air Force base in northeast Greensboro. This is the only World War II army camp in the United States located entirely within a city. With over 900 prefabricated buildings and more than 87,000 troops coming for training during the next 13 months, it will greatly change life in Greensboro. In May 1944, it will become an ORD, or
Overseas Replacement Depot, for the Army Air Corps, completing processing for another 240,000 men and women being mobilized for the battle fronts or discharged at war’s end.

March 2, 1917

The Guilford Courthouse National Military Park is established, preserving the site of one of the major battles of the Revolutionary War. The nonprofit organization which has been maintaining the battleground, no longer able to raise enough money, gives the land and monuments to the federal government. This is the first Revolutionary War battlefield to become part of the National Park Service.

March 3, 1980

Today’s Greensboro Record masthead depicts the letters decked in snow. The lead article begins, “Blue Monday became white Monday today, with most Greensboro residents, young and old, enjoying an extra day off, courtesy of a ...snowstorm.” Eight inches of snow keep most folks at home.

March 4, 2007

The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament sets its 8th consecutive attendance record, with 69,159 in the audience. Local residents are avid college basketball fans.

March 4, 1998

Joseph Koury, an influential real estate developer, died today. He invested his entire 52-year career in Greensboro, building Four Seasons Mall, the Koury Convention Center, and Grandover Resort.

March 5, 1943

The local A & P supermarket’s advertisement explains the United States’ rationing system. To deal with wartime shortages, the system limits the amounts of various foods which shoppers can buy. Despite the limits on amounts of various goods, the store offers a wide variety of foods.

March 6, 1933

It’s the Depression. Greensboro, along with the rest of the nation, has experienced bank failures, and panicking customers have lined up along Elm Street to  withdraw their money before they lose their life savings. President Roosevelt has closed the nation’s banks for four days, starting today, to give the banks and the government time to prevent America’s economic collapse.

March 6, 1957

A corporation is founded to help with the nature museum to be built in Greensboro Country Park. The museum, sponsored by the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Commission and the Greensboro Junior League, will eventually be named the Natural Science Center and will provide exhibits, a zoo, and a planetarium.

March 7, 1887

The North Carolina General Assembly grants a charter to the Guilford Battle Ground Company for the purpose of “preserving and adorning the grounds” where the battle of Guilford Courthouse was fought and of erecting “monuments, tombs or other memorials” to commemorate this important milestone in American history. The founders of the Battle Ground Company are Judge David Schenck, businessmen J. W. Scott and D. W. C. Benbow, and attorneys Thomas B. Keogh and Julius Gray.

March 8, 1928

Will Rogers, a famous humorist, entertains local residents with his homespun wit during a program at the National Theatre on South Elm Street. He comments that Greensboro citizens are as proud of the Jefferson Building, the city’s only skyscraper, as parents would be of their baby’s first tooth.

March 9, 1891

The state General Assembly officially establishes the North Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race. A group of Greensboro citizens will give $11,000 in cash and 14 acres of land to win the bid for having the college in our city. It will eventually be known as A & T.

March 10, 1936

Leaders of the Greensboro Council of Catholics, Jews and Protestants are meeting  today for a “Brotherhood Dinner” at the Masonic temple on West Market Street. A large turnout is expected for the meeting. It will include a speech by the director of the National Conference of Jews and Christians, of which the local group is a member, as well as presentations by local religious groups.

March 11, 1906

Forest Avenue Baptist Church holds its organizational meeting in the Administration Building of the State Normal School for Women. The church is a mission, sponsored by First Baptist Church, and the congregation includes many college students. This church, later known as College Park Baptist, will become a well-known presence at the corner of Walker Avenue and Aycock Street.

March 12, 1948

Guilford Industries for the Blind dedicates its new home, paid for by the skills of the blind and the good management of their organizers. The $80,000 plant is located at 922 West Lee Street. This organization began in 1934, in the bad days of the Depression, with a mission of employing and training blind people from throughout the state. It has become a successful self-supporting enterprise through the sale of brooms and mops made by its workers. In later years, it will expand to manufacturing a variety of products.

March 13, 1859

Greensboro Baptist Church, later to be known as First Baptist Church, is organized, with fourteen members named on the church records. Its first location will be South Elm Street. Within a year, the church will grow to 39 members, and by 2008, it will have about 1500 on the roll.

March 14, 1930

A fiddler’s convention is being held at Gillespie Park School. The school is named after Colonel Daniel Gillespie, the original owner of the land, who fought in the Battle of Guilford Court House. In 1957 the school will become the first integrated elementary school in the southeast.

March 15, 1929

The Bar Association of the City of Greensboro is organized during a dinner meeting of the city’s lawyers. This nonprofit association’s constitution states that the group will meet “for the transaction of business conducive to the public good and their own welfare.”

March 16, 1987

Radio station WOJY 100 FM celebrates its second anniversary by giving motorists a tank of gas at Pegram’s Exxon station on Lawndale Drive for only $2.00. Cars line up for almost a mile, and  some patient individuals wait for over three hours to fill their tanks.

March 17, 1944

Charlton Heston, a 19-year-old college student who has enlisted in the Air Corps and is stationed in Greensboro, has finally persuaded his sweetheart Lydia Clarke to marry him before he is sent overseas. At Grace Methodist Church on Friendly Avenue, the minister performs the ceremony on two hours’ notice, with two church members as witnesses. Heston will, in years to come, become a famous actor, best known as Moses in The Ten Commandments.

March 18, 1918

Glenn Brown just telegraphed his father to announce that he has been promoted to the rank of major in the Army. Greensboro is doing its part in the war in Europe; Brown is one of about 1400 local men and women in the armed services.

March 19, 1988

Tannenbaum Historic Park is dedicated; ceremonies include a reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse and a speech by Howard Coble, who is dressed in 18th-century garb for the occasion. Visitors to the site will be able to learn how ordinary people lived in the 18th century and to view the restored Hoskins House.

March 20, 1972

Shirley Chisholm, New York’s African-American Congresswoman, speaks to supporters at a local motel prior to her speech at Bennett College. She says that she is running for the presidency of the United States to show that white males do not have a monopoly on talent. A person of any race, and either a male or a female, could make a good president, she says. At the Democratic convention, she will win 10 percent of the vote for the nomination.

March 21, 1958

Connie Wolf, the only licensed female balloonist in America, is visiting relatives in Greensboro. She will soon compete in an international race in Belgium, where about 30 nations will be represented.

March 22, 1899

The Southern Railway Company is constructing a big water tower in the South
Elm Street area, near the old passenger station, to provide water for its steam engines.

March 23, 2006

A native son of Greensboro, Dudley graduate Joey Cheek, is being honored today at First Horizon Park. Not only did he win the gold medal for speed skating at the Olympics, but he inspired the world by giving his prize money to help Darfur refugees.

March 24, 1991

The Greensboro Children’s Theatre presents its new show, “Aladdin McFaddin.” Children love to see other children performing, and this theatre provides valuable experience for young actors.

March 25, 1808

Ralph Gorrell sells 42 acres of woodland, near what will some day be the intersection of Market Street and Elm Street, to the Guilford County commissioners for $98. This will be the site of the new county seat, chosen for its convenient location near the center of Guilford County. Commissioners will sell 44 building lots, and Greensboro’s history will begin.

March 25, 1974

North Carolina State wins the NCAA basketball title at Greensboro’s only Final Four Tournament.

March 26, 2008

The Greensboro Bicentennial torch relay, which started yesterday at War Memorial Stadium, is now in its second day, going from Bennett College to the McGee Street roundabout. Tomorrow it will start at Guilford College and end at the Bicentennial Gardens on Hobbs Road. Friday March 28th will be the final day of the relay, beginning at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and ending at NewBridge Bank Park. The park gates will open at 5 pm and a ceremony, followed by entertainment and fireworks, will follow.

March 27, 1917

The Manicure Shop opens for business in the Guilford Hotel Building on Sycamore Street. The only exclusive shop of its kind in Greensboro, it will quickly become a favorite with society ladies and will also do manicures for gentlemen.

March 28, 1870

The North Carolina General Assembly passes the legislation that will, when adopted by Greensboro voters, make the town a city. When Greensboro officially becomes a city, it will have only 2,000 residents and be only one mile square.

March 28, 1938

Sam Snead wins the first Greater Greensboro Open. 

March 29, 1980

The Carolina Peacemaker announces that the Greensboro Chapter of the National  Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs is holding a  voter registration drive to encourage members of the African-American community to register and to vote. Club members and registrars visit local churches after worship, and public response has been excellent.

March 30, 1967

A new weekly newspaper, The Carolina Peacemaker, begins publication today. The first issue quotes the paper’s founder, A & T professor John Marshall Stevenson: “We want to present the side of the little man, the man who has stood by too long without having a say in community affairs. Our newspaper columns will never be closed to anyone, regardless of his viewpoint and how much he may disagree with our editorial policy.” Its focus will be on the African-American community. Stevenson will later be known as John Kilimanjaro.

March 31, 2006

Grimsley High School celebrates Josephine Boyd Bradley Day. Dr. Bradley is present to talk about the difficulties of being the first black student at Grimsley, then named Greensboro Senior High School, during the 1957/58 school year and about the support given her by her community and family, as well as to celebrate accomplishing her goal of  helping to bring about the desegregation of Greensboro’s schools. Years after her graduation, she is now a college professor living in Atlanta.