Though Happy Hill Has Been Marginalized, It Remains Historically Important

Last Saturday Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited Winston-Salem. According to the Winston-Salem Journal this was the first time in Mayor Joines fifteen years in office that a foreign head of state visited Winston. In recent years presidents Bush and Obama have made frequent trips to Winston.

Presidents have visited our modest sized city fairly consistently since George Washington visited Salem during his southern tour. But I don’t remember any of them visiting any of Winston’s black neighborhoods. … Read the rest

Razing A Black Neighborhood, Then Celebrating It’s Culture

Friday night the New Winston Museum hosted an evening of great art and great music. It was the opening reception for The Birth of the Cool, a photo collection by Owen Daniels. The exhibit, which runs all month features twenty of Daniels’ exquisite photos of local jazz and blues musicians such as Joe Robinson and Big Ron Hunter. These local jazz and blues musicians are gifted musicians who don’t often get the recognition that they deserve.

As I listened to … Read the rest

Honor The East Winston Library By Rebuilding It

Last Saturday, Mayor Joines, members of the city council and other city/county officials and honored guests gathered to celebrate yet another historical marker unveiling in the city. As a history major, I’m thrilled to see another historical marker in Winston. But I see little reason to honor the East Winston Library.

When I first read that the East Winston Library (referred to formally as the Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center) on East 7th Street was being honored, I must admit … Read the rest

Demolished But Not Forgotten: The Five Row Neighborhood At Reynolda

Recently a new historical marker was unveiled honoring Five Row. Five Row was a small African-American neighborhood just down the street from the Reynolda House, along Silas Creek. Five Row was home to the Reynolda’s African-American workers. The historical marker honoring Five Row has been placed between Silas Creek Parkway and Reynolda Road.

The Five Row neighborhood was razed sometime in 1960 to facilitate the completion of Silas Creek Parkway. Five Row was a relic of the past, when … Read the rest