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History, NC history

Downtown Greensboro NC, Downtown Greensboro homes, Historic homes, Preservation Greensboro, Greensboro neighborhoods, College Hill, Bellemeade, Fisher Park, Aycock

From Preservation Greensboro:

“Treasured Places
Greensboro’s Most Treasured Places”

 
“There are few places that evoke such a diverse sense of Southern
American history as Greensboro. The cultural center of the Society
of Friends in the South gave birth to such notable personalities
as plucky First Lady Dolley Madison, the enigmatic writer O. Henry,
and pioneering broadcaster Edward R. Murrow. However, Greensboro’s
historical legacy is not limited solely to personalities. The city
has long been home to a large and vibrant African American
population, Southern Industrialists, and numerous institutions of
higher learning.”
“Economic and social upheaval of the Civil War capped growth in the
region until industrialists tapped the area’s low-wage labor pool,
efficient transportation system, and abundant cotton and tobacco
resources. With growth of the textile and cigarette industry in the
late nineteenth century, Greensboro’s population surged. This growth
resulted in the development of one of Greensboro’s hallmarks:
charming and well-defined neighborhoods such as College Hill,
Bellemeade, Fisher Park, and Aycock. A low-income housing crisis was
averted through establishment of self-contained mill villages
throughout the city that served burgeoning textile mills. The era
also saw growth of service sector jobs along South Elm Street,
illustrated by ambitious projects such as the Jefferson Standard
Life Insurance Headquarters, celebrated as the city’s first
skyscraper.”
“As Greensboro’s nineteenth century rail system facilitated the
city’s twentieth century manufacturing renaissance, industrial wealth
has endowed the city’s foundations and educational institutions to
great success. The city contains an inordinate number of generous
foundations that sponsor the development of parks, athletic
facilities, academic programs, and community arts initiatives. With
fewer headquarters and more back-office operations, Greensboro’s
future lies increasingly with its colleges and universities. The year
2008 will be Greensboro’s bicentennial, and though the city struggles
to assimilate its current identity with its future potential, its
soul is indelibly written in the facades and history of its treasured
places.”

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Charlotte observer, book reviews, Susan Wells, A game called Salisbury, snubbed?

There is a rumor circulating that the Charlotte Observer has snubbed Susan Wells, penname Susan Barringer Wells. Susan has written a new book, “A Game Called Salisbury.” The book is about the murder of the Lyerly Family in 1906 and the subsequent  arrest and later lynching of 3 sharecroppers. The book is also about racial attitudes in the south and the nation. There is a Charlotte connection beyond any racial aspects. The 3 prisoners were brought to Charlotte for their safety before the trial was to begin. After their return to the Rowan County jail, an angry mob, stirred up by outsiders, lynched the 3 men.

Book signings have been taking place all over the state and the Greensboro Daily News, The Asheville Citizen and Salisbury Post have written articles about Susan and the book. With the involvement of the Mecklenburg County Jail in the story and Susan’s ancestral roots going back over 250 years all around Charlotte, one would think that sufficient to warrant coverage. Is there some other reason? Is this just a unjustified rumor? Are there still remnants of racism in Charlotte? Charlotte Observer, do you have a response?

A Game Called Salisbury, Susan Barringer Wells, review by Professor George Tex Wood

Professor George Tex Wood of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has provided a review of “A Game Called Salisbury”, the new book by Susan Barringer Wells:

“…Faulknerian in its revelations and observations of human nature, clearly spotlighting the question of real responsibility not just for active human evil, but also for spawning its activity. Those PEOPLE in the media (not some amorphous Media) are held to account. I doubt they’ll appreciate seeing that fact bared, so I doubt we’ll see many reviews of this thorough indictment. Wells shows us that lynchings were (and are) the tip of the iceburg, the cruel result of calculated manipulation of our base human natures and our cowardliness in not confronting evil when we see it, either now or then.
While this book lacks Twain’s humor, it rivals his incisiveness.”

Salisbury history club, innocents lynched?, A Game Called Salisbury, Susan Barringer Wells

Susan Barringer Wells has written a new book, “A Game Called Salisbury” about the murder of the Lyerly Family in Salisbury NC over a hundred years ago and the lynching of 3 suspects. The book explores the evidence and the racial undertones leading to the lynching of three black sharecroppers. Susan is a distant relative of the Lyerly family and Susan, as well as other Lyerly descendants, have disagreed about various aspects of the case and purported facts. There has been a lot of controversy about the alleged guilt of the three men who were hanged. Susan just commented that at a recent history club speech, a descendant of Deputy Pat Sloop, who attempted to defend the jail from the lynch mob,  remarked that her ancestor claimed that the guilty parties got away with murder. I would like to hear from this descendant or members of the history club.

New York Times, book reviews, A Game Called Salisbury, Susan Barringer Wells

Sales of Susan Barringer Wells’ new book, A Game Called Salisbury are progressing well. Susan was featured in the Greensboro Daily News, I believe on Sunday, February 10, 2008. Susan has a book signing coming up at Barnes & Noble in Friendly Shopping Center in Greensboro this week. I wonder if anyone from the New York Times book review department has caught wind of Susan’s new book. If anyone out there from The New York Times, Washington Post, or anyone else would care to comment on the book, let us know.

Julia Maulden, Habitat for Humanity, Julia’s Coffee Shop

I just read this incredible story and wanted to pass it along. Julia Maulden was an incredibly giving person and very active in Habitat for Humanity. The coffee shop adjacent to the Habitat Restore on Wendover Ave in Charlotte NC is named for her. Help continue her legacy of giving by visiting Julia’s Coffee Shop and the Habitat Restore. It is a great way to help yourself while helping others. The following is taken directly from the coffee shop website:

“Julia’s Coffee Shop is named after one of Charlotte’s pioneering public servants, Julia Maulden. As the first volunteer executive director, she helped get Habitat for Humanity started in Charlotte. She not only worked on the first Charlotte Habitat home, she also brought Jimmy Carter to the Optimist Park Neighborhood for a fourteen house Build-a-Thon.

Julia grew up poor in the segregated South, borrowing and working her way through Greensboro Women’s College during the Depression. That experience, combined with her religious beliefs shaped the course of her life. She said, “You can’t just sit around loving your neighbor abstractly; you have to get out and do something for him.”

Her public service began in Kannapolis with the local Girl Scout movement where she helped to build the Girl Scout camp that still bears her name–Camp Julia. In 1945 she was named Kannapolis’ woman of the year.

In 1960 she moved to Davidson, North Carolina with her family where she became active in the school system for her kids. Her involvement led to her eventual membership in the Charlotte Mecklenburg school board, which lasted from 1966-1974. This time proved to be an extremely turbulent period, when people were openly at odds over the desegregation of schools. With her firm beliefs, she became a strong advocate for integration, despite the risk and ridicule it involved. “Her innate intelligence helped her see the world in broader terms than most people around her,” said her Reverend, Will Terry. Julia’s determination to fight for what she knew was right earned her Charlotte’s Woman of the Year in 1973.

At the age of sixty she resigned from the school board and spent the next eighteen months in the Peace Corps teaching children in the African Nation of Zaire in a very challenging environment. When she returned, she spent the next chapter of her life bringing her former students to the US and paying their way through prominent schools such as Columbia University and Davidson College.

In 1991 she told the Charlotte Observer’s Tom Bradbury that to ask yourself, “Am I better off,” is the wrong question. “Are we better off? is the question.” Because of Julia, we know that the answer to that question is “Yes.””

Visit Julia’s Coffee Shop website at:

 http://www.juliascoffee.org/main.html

Board games, Deflection, rocket science, chess and chinese checkers

What do board games, rocket science, chess and chinese checkers have in common? I can think of numerous links, including high level neural processes. One of my favorite expressions is “I am not a rocket scientist”. I may have used this expression several years ago when I was having a conversation with my good friend Mr. Taylor (first name omitted for present) at Tate Street Coffee in Greensboro NC. We were talking about anything and everything and the conversation evolved into space travel. I mentioned the theory proposed by Theodore Taylor, the famous scientist, that proposed using miniature nuclear explosions to propel spacecraft. It turns out that Theodore Taylor was my friend’s uncle and was a rocket scientist. I almost fell out of my chair. Well, my friend, who happens to be a really good person, must have his share of genius from the gene pool.

My friend, Mr. Taylor, has invented a clever board game called Deflection. Deflection is kind of a cross between chess and chinese checkers. There are 2 types of pieces, a circular movement and attack piece, and a deflector piece, used to allow deflection of the movement piece. It requires long term strategies much like chess. Movements are made diagonally and can be made to posture for future movements or to capture the opponent’s piece. Not only can deflector pieces be positioned on the board, but their angle of deflection can be changed. I used to play chess a lot when I was young and I found this game to be quite challenging.

If you would like to order the game or would like more information, contact Deflection at:

DeflectionInfo@gmail.com

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