Things to Do for Halloween 2010 in Greensboro

Well, once again it’s ghosts and goblins time, and lots of folks will be looking for something special to do in and around Greensboro — especially for the kids.

Here are some local Halloween activities I found during a quick web search:  

This Greensboro Parks & Recreation page tells about all the stuff associated with Goulash!

Greensboro Public Library has some programs for the Halloween season too.  Here are just a few of them:

  • Ghosts & Ghouls at Glenwood Branch (297-5000), Tues., Oct. 26 from 6:45-7:30 PM
  • Monster Mash Halloween Party, Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch (373-2923), Wed., Oct. 27 at 3:30 PM
  • Halloween Fun!  Halloween crafts, games & candy!  Vance Chavis Branch (373-5838), Oct. 27 from 4-5:30 PM
  • Halloween Special:  Are There Any Ghosts Here?  Stories and Crafts for Halloween!  Benjamin Branch (373-7540), Thurs., Oct. 28 from 7-8 PM  

There must be plenty of local Halloween events I have missed.  If you know of any others which should be added to the list, please comment.

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An Alphabetical List of Marked Burials in Greensboro’s Union Cemetery with Hyperlinks to Tombstone Images

Well, I’ve been meaning to do this for some time:  i.e., post a list of individuals buried at Union Cemetery with hyperlinks to photos of grave markers there that I took a few years ago. 

Briefly, Union Cemetery is probably the most important burial site for African Americans in Guilford County, it being the final resting place for many of Greensboro’s most prominent African American residents from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including those of Old Warnersville.  It is located on the east side of the 900 block of South Elm Street. 

I will continue to work on photographic documentation of the cemetery and will be adding additional links in the future.

Many, if not most, of the graves at Union Cemetery are likely unmarked.  If you’d like to learn more about the problem of unmarked graves there and in other old African American cemeteries, take a look at this post from last month.    

The following list was first published in Family Burying Grounds and Abandoned Church Cemeteries in Guilford County, N.C., and Immediate Environs, compiled by O. Norris and Rebecca H. Smith (1978).  A few emendations have been made where additional grave markers have turned up since the Smiths’ work was completed.  It is also possible that some have since disappeared. 

Alexander, Thomas Reece.  Apr. 13, 1898-May 11, 1914
Alston, Rev. Matthew.  Apr. 25, 1821-Apr. 1, 1884
Baily, P. H. & P. Emily.  d. Oct. 10, 1921
Banks, Robert A.  Nov. 8, 1869-July 29, 1907
Barringer, Emmerline.  d. Jun. 14, 1907
Bethel, Fannie.  d. May 9, 1911
E.  1848-1911
E.  1911-1914
L.  1914-1920
Bevill, Amy  May 9, 1844-June 19, 1903
Bevill, Mrs. Bettie Jackson  Aug. 15, 1851-Sept. 18, 1925
Bingham-Koiner.  [no dates] 
Black, Robert S.  d. Nov. 19, 1915
Blackwood, Fannie.  17__-1821?
Blount, Charlotte Calloway.  d. Mar. 17, 1910
Bullock, Dr. J. Lot.  Feb. 14, 1871-Feb. 14, 1910
Bullock, J. Lot Jr.  Aug. 26, 1905-May 24, 1906.
Caldwell, Benjamin Franklin.  Dec. 18, 1865-May 15, 1904
Chavis, Cornelius.  June 25, 1893-July 14, 1893
Chavis, Wendell.  Apr. 1895-July 1, 1895
Daniels, Lizzie.  Dec. 15, 1871-Aug. 12, 1912
Dean, James.  July 27, 1834-Aug. 24, 1902
Dean, Lucinda.  Sept. 18, 1834-Jan. 9, 1911
Foster, Giles M.  [no dates]
Galloway, Odessa.  1896-1916
Garrett, George W.  d. May 24, 1912
Gilchrist, Annie  Mar. 4, 1830-Apr. 27, 1885
Gilmer, David J.  [no dates]
Hairston, Lucile.  Apr. 13, 1886-Dec. 14, 1911
Hairston, Allen.  d. July 2, 1913
Hairston, William A.  Mar. 30, 1872-May 12, 1917
Hairston, Elsie P. Waugh.  Sept. 1, 1866-May 21, 1902
Haith, Laurnie V.  Oct. 10, 1883-May 25, 1913
Harris, Jennie.  June 20, 1890-Dec. 1, 1916
Harris, Leonora Adelaide.  Oct. 21, 1888-Oct. 14, 1913
Harris, John H.  Oct. 5, 1850-Nov. 9, 1913
Harris, Nellie B.  Apr. 27, 1855-Oct. 29, 1912
Holley.  [no dates]
Howell, Julia.  May 27, 1916
Hughes, Lucy F.  Feb. 6, 1859-Jan. 11, 1905
Jackson, John.  1882-July 15, 1926
Jackson, Thomas.  1840-July 16, 1903
Jones, Ella L.  Aug. 31, 1891-July 8, 1915
Logan, Sarah.  June 14, 1867-Oct. 28, 1905
Littlejohn, Hamilton  Mar. 19, 1890-May 23, 1922
Logan, Charley.  d. July 4, 1889
Lyles, Loretta.  1875-Sept. 18, 1927
Malloy, Rev. Peter F.  Sept. 10, 1859-Mar. 17, 1932
Marsh, James Monroe.  Oct. 5, 1901-May 12, 1908
Marsh, John Robert.  Dec. 7, 1903-June 7, 1905
Marsh, Daniel Henry.  Dec. 5, 1905-Dec. 17, 1905
Marsh, Walter Arthur.  Oct. 3, 1906-May 25, 1908
Massey, Odie.  Aug. 23, 1885-Aug. 13, 1912
McAdoo, George W.  Oct. 27, 1861-Jan. 20, 1914
McBrayar, Sallie B. Waugh.  1866-1928
McMaster, Charles A.  d. Jan. 3, 1915
McNair, Rosa Vina.  d. Aug. 26, 1906
McNair, Marion Marshall.  d. May 29, 1905
McNeill, James R.  Oct. 3, 1888-Aug. 23, 1911
McRary, Annie E. Mendenhall.  d. Feb. 7, 1903
Mendenhall, Aaron.  Feb. 14, 1846-Sept. 22, 1906
Merrick, William H.  Apr. 22, 1844-Nov. 21, 1902
Mitchell, Marinda.  d. July 5, 1905
Moore, Mary E.  Nov. 18, 1879-Sept. 24, 1918
Moore, Wiley W.  Feb. 1875-Dec. 5, 1904
Morehead, George Henry.  Mar. 4, 1874-Nov. 1, 1911
Nelson, John H.  d. Jan. 6, 187_
Nocho, Frank Porter.  Jan. 26, 1879-May 6, 1899
Nocho, Allen.  d. Dec. 24, 1896
Nocho, Burton.  d. Dec. 31, 1914
Payne, Adrian.  d. June 26, 1888
Payne, Ethel.  d. Aug. 15, 1890
Payne, Maggie.  Aug. 30, 1890
Payne, Lawrence.  June 20, 1902
Pickett, Dicey.  Apr. 7, 1901
Price, Marie Gaston.  Sept. 30, 1886-Apr. 2, 1917
Price, Myrtie A. Hairston.  Sept. 2, 1900-Sept. 18, 1923
Price, James W.  Sept. 4, 1923-Feb. 17, 1924
Pritchett, Mamie O.  May 2, 1870-Apr. 6, 1903
Pulliam, Boast.  Feb. 15, 1905
Randall, Margary.  Mar. 10, 1853-Mar. 4, 1901
Rankin, Walter.  June 2, 1881-Dec. 20, 1911
Reid, Gertrude.  Jan. 6, 1891-Dec. 10, 1909
Richardson, Daniel.  d. Jan. 24, 1931
Sears, William.  Feb. 13, 1906
Sharpe, Gora Lee.  [no dates]
Sharpe, Sallie.  d. Apr. 27, 1916
Sharpe, Robert.  June 5, 1877-Mar. 22, 1925
Sharpe, Cora Lee.  b. July 4, 1882
Sloan, J.C.  May 24, 1857-Mar. 29, 1882
Smith, Nancy.  Mar. 3, 1843-Feb. 7, 1895
Smith, Essie.  Feb. 12, 1887-June 26, 1894
Stewart.  [no dates]
Suggs, Jacob W.G.  July 26, 1903-Apr. 22, 1905
Taylor, Maggie H.  Oct. 18, 1864-Oct. 4, 1915
Taylor, Walter F.  Mar. 23, 1888-Mar. 26, 1891
Tucker, Laura A.  Nov. 27, 1873-June 9, 1895
Unthank, Jasper A.  1850-1911
Waddy, Dr. J.C.  1881-1940
Washburn, Julius.  June 26, 1850-Dec. 1, 1904
Washburn, Elizabeth.  Dec. 1851-Apr. 8, 1905
Watkins, Martha.  d. May 25, 1914
Watts, Florence G.  Sept. 28, 1880-Dec. 25, 1915
Waugh, John Isreal  ?
Waugh, Robert B.  Feb. 28, 1828-Nov. 10, 1905
Waugh, Mary A. Dalton.  Jan. 15, 1832-Aug. 5, 1907
Waugh, Alfred J.  Mar. 2, 1874-Dec. 7, 1916
Wells, Rev. Isaac W.  Oct. 10, 1837-Mar. 29, 1908
Wharton, Maragret.  Nov. 22, 1894-July 23, 1909
Wharton, Thomas.  d. Aug. 9, 1903
Wharton, Susan F.  Dec. 5, 1842-Mar. 2, 1924
Wilkins, Charlie W.  May 16, 1874-Oct. 9, 1917
Wilkins, George A.  Dec. 6, 1885-May 11, 1924
Wilkins, Harry.  Sept. 5, 1916-Aug. 31, 1917
Williams, Henry C.  Oct. 4, 1862-Feb. 22, 1921

Could Radar Be Used to Locate Graves in Greensboro’s Union Cemetery?

Probably the most historically significant African American graveyard in Greensboro is the Union Cemetery, which is located on South Elm St.

Here you can find the final resting places of many of the City’s most prominent African American residents from the late 19th and early 20th centuries — men like Harmon Unthank, Rev. Matthew Alston, Aaron Mendenhall, Rev. Peter F. Malloy, and Dr. J.C. Waddy.

But sadly, many of the burials at Union Cemetery are unmarked.  This is even true in the case of Unthank, despite the fact that he is remembered as the most prominent figure in the history of the important African American community of Warnersville, which was established in Greensboro with assistance from the Quaker Friends shortly after the Civil War.

And when you look down the barren slope in the rear of the graveyard, it’s easy to imagine that there may well be many dozens of other unmarked graves in Union Cemetery.

The relative absence of tombstones at this historic Greensboro graveyard is apparently not an unusual circumstance among African American cemeteries.  For researchers working on an African American graveyard in Boone, North Carolina, located adjacent to Appalachian State University’s campus, have been equally struck by the lack of marked burials in the black section of the town’s cemetery.  Perhaps many black families simply could not afford expensive headstones for their deceased relatives.

But investigators in Boone have at least arrived at a partial solution.  In two surveys conducted since 2007, they have utilized ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and an electrical resistivity system in order to identify disturbed soil which could indicate the presence of graves.  Though work is still not complete, anomalies located so far suggest the presence of as many as sixteen unidentified burials.  The work is being conducted by staff and students with the University’s Geology Department.

Would it not be neat if GPR or a similar technology could be employed to identify unmarked graves at Greensboro’s Union Cemetery? 

Use of such tools is certainly becoming more commonplace.  In addition to the work being conducted in Boone, late last year ground penetrating radar and electrical resistivity were used to survey the largely unmarked African American section of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery (where football fans attending games at Kenan Stadium used to carelessly park), and this article reports on additional plans to use GPR in a survey of still another African American graveyard in Chapel Hill.

If you’re interested in researching old graveyards here in Greensboro, you may find any of the following works useful:  Guilford County Cemeteries, edited by Mary A. Browning; The City of Greensboro Municipal Cemeteries:  Forest Lawn Cemetery, Green Hill Cemetery, Maple Wood Cemetery, compiled by Bradley R. Foley; or Family Burying Grounds and Abandoned Church Cemeteries in Guilford County, N.C. and Immediate Environs by O. Norris & Rebecca H. Smith.  You’ll find other books on local cemeteries in Greensboro Public Library’s N.C. and genealogy collections.   

It’s also possible to search interments at Greensboro’s municipal cemeteries in a database which can be linked here

As for research on Greensboro’s African American community, try Otis Hairston’s Picturing Greensboro:  Four Decades of African American Community or William Chaffe’s Civilities and Civil Rights.

Greensboro’s Google Fiber Efforts are Making a Difference!

As the deadline for submitting the Google Fiber Request for Information draws near, Greensboro’s efforts are attracting national notice, including mention by PC Magazine, which picked up on our YouTube video.

And this post from localtechwire suggests we’re one of the top ten cities in the country making a pitch, based on a “share of voice” analysis made by Steketee Greiner and Company.

You can view their whole report here.    

With an estimated 600 towns and cities across the country competing for Google’s ultra-high speed broadband, we need all the help we can get!

But based on the knowledge I have of the content of Greensboro’s RFI, I think we’ll have an advantage because we’ve emphasized what we can do for Google, and not what Google can do for us. 

Only time will tell though.  Google’s selection of its test cities and/or towns is expected this Fall.

Go Greensboro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wiki for Community Input on the Google Fiber Application

Just to let interested folks know, a draft of the narrative sections of Greensboro’s Google Fiber Application or Request for Information (RFI) has just been posted on-line in a wiki.

Each of the four sections were broken up into shorter paragraphs in the last draft I saw — not sure why those weren’t preserved here.  But the information is at least there.   

Just follow this link to the wiki.  Feel free to add your own ideas. 

Remember, wikis are collaborative, so anybody can add-to, edit and/or modify the document.

The Push to Attract Google Fiber to Greensboro: What Makes Us So Special?

In case you haven’t heard, the City of Greensboro is making a major effort to attract Google’s ultra-high speed broadband project, known as “Google Fiber for Communities” or “Google Fiber” for short.

This is what Google says it is going to do in their official blog:

We’re planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

Greensboro of course would love to be one of the “small number of trial locations across the United States” which are selected — the advantages for economic development alone could be tremendous.  But we’ve got to beat out plenty of other cities if we want to attract them here.

So, what makes Greensboro special? 

For one thing, the city has a large and active blogging community, indicative of the deep penetration information technology has made into the community as a whole.  Aided by blog aggregators We101 and Greensboro101, local bloggers compete with mainstream media as sources for news and information.  Greensboro is also the location of Converge South, an annual “community-driven, community-supported Tech Users Conference” very popular with bloggers. 

Another reason is Greensboro’s embrace of the “new urbanism” concept, which stresses mixed-use, “walkable” neighborhoods.  The redevelopment of downtown has included Greensboro’s new Center City Park, neighborhoods such as Southside, which mix business fronts with condominiums, and, when completed, it will also include our Bicentennial Greenway, a trail which will form a loop around downtown Greensboro.  Revitalized urban living will attract a younger, hipper, tech-savvy set to Greensboro and further extend the penetration of information technology into the community.         

Developers and other community leaders also recognize the importance of conservation and sustainability.  These values manifested themselves in the recent construction of Greensboro’s Proximity Hotel and adjoining bistro — now regarded as “the nation’s most energy efficient and environmentally gentle hotel complex.”  Local support for sustainable development is also encouraged by organizations such as the Triad Green Building Council, and the Piedmont Triad Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.  The City of Greensboro has recently made a commitment to reduce energy consumption by nearly 30%, and a Community Sustainability Council created in 2008 helps formulate and suggest strategies to City Council on a variety of environmental issues.  Lastly, organizations such as the Piedmont Environmental Alliance and Sustainable Greensboro also further our community’s pledge to the environment. 

Greensboro’s strong commitment to diversity is another reason to select us.  African Americans hold key leadership positions throughout city government.  Our universities and colleges include two historically black institutions.  And the City of course takes great pride in its connection to the Woolworth sit-ins and the recently opened International Civil Rights Center & Museum.  In addition, Greensboro’s Latino population continues to grow, and, in the 2000 Census, Guilford County led North Carolina counties in refugee resettlement.  

Still another reason for Google to select us:  the large number of visitors we attract.  For instance, though the Greensboro Coliseum is no longer the sole venue of the popular Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, this facility often plays host to events of regional and even national importance.  Other attractions for visitors include the historic Blandwood Mansion, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, Greensboro Historical Museum, Greensboro Children’s Museum, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum.  The choice of Greensboro for Google Fiber will mean our many visitors will return to their homes and communities with word of this impressive technology and how it has transformed our city.

Plenty of other features of our community also recommend us.

For instance, Greensboro is unusual for a city of its size in having no less than seven institutions of higher learning (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, N.C. Agricultural & Technical University, Guilford College, Greensboro College, Bennett College, Elon University Law School and the Greensboro Campus of Guilford Technical Community College).  Combined, these universities and colleges make a valuable contribution to research, innovation, culture, and the arts in our community.          

Traditionally known as the “Gate City,” owing to its role as a railroad hub as early as the 1850s and the city’s central location in the State of North Carolina, Greensboro has also recently been chosen as a regional distribution center by FedEx.  When the company’s package-sorting operations are fully phased in, FedEx’s Greensboro facility is expected to anchor its operations on the East Coast.

Anybody who lives here could of course think of plenty of other reasons for Google to choose us — such as our excellent health care led by the Moses Cone Health System.

But I think you get the idea.  Greensboro’s simply a great place to live and we’ve got a wonderful community. 

So, c’mon Google, give us a chance!

Greensboro Celebrates Opening of New International Civil Rights Museum

The big news in Greensboro this week was of course the opening of the City’s new International Civil Rights Museum, located in the Woolworth’s Department Store where the historic sit-ins movement began in 1960.  Check out the extensive coverage from the News and Record

You may also want to have a look at the Museum’s website.

Greensboro Public Library has a page dedicated to the sit-ins here, and our index to newspaper articles on the sit-ins will soon include links to digital versions of articles which appeared in the Greensboro Daily News and the Greensboro Record between February and July, 1960.