As we've stated before, the city of Greensboro is home to many institutions of higher education (IHE). Between The University of North Carolina Greensboro, Guilford College, Bennett College, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and Greensboro College, we could take a daily photo from an IHE and not run out of subjects for years!
The Julius I. Foust Building, pictured above, is one of two original buildings on the University of North Carolina Greensboro campus. It was completed in 1892 and has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. Dr. Foust was the second president of the school, then named The North Carolina State Normal and Industrial College.
If you know any of the history of the Foust Building or have any anecdotes to share from "the good old days," here is your chance to post a comment. Please share our URL with your UNCG friends, so they can tell the world about this landmark building on Spring Garden Street.
The Aycock neighborhood got its start when Summit Avenue was paved in 1895 as the neighborhood was conveniently located between Cone Mills and downtown Greensboro. Most of the homes in this district date back to the early 20th century. Residents pride themselves on the unique character of their houses and the neighborliness of the families. Residents hold block parties, deliver meals to neighbors in need, and socialize from their front porches as weather permits. David Wharton, an Aycock resident, blogs about this area. January 2009, with grant funds, the city of Greensboro and local volunteers planted over a hundred trees in the area around Summit Avenue, Yanceville Street, Bessemer Aveune and the streets in between. Sixty trees were planted on the property of Aycock Middle School.
With the new plantings, the Aycock Historic District should look even more charming and inviting as spring approaches. Please make an effort to stop by for a visit.
Happy Valentine's Day! We hope you have someone special this Valentine's Day and that you are able to enjoy the day together. To be sure, we'll be out looking for interesting pictures to share with you later in the month. Here we see some glass hearts hanging in the window at Ellenburg & Shaffer Glass Art Studio at 334 South Elm Street. For the glass collector on your list, Ellenburg & Shaffer has fabulous stained glass for sale. It is a treat to visit their store (and the other places downtown on Elm Street) even if you just want to have a look.
Garden planting time is just around the corner. Seeing this ornamental cabbage reminded us that we need to start thinking about gardening. The parks, green ways, and landscaping throughout the city is proof positive that Greensboro values its plants. With the brown and gray vistas of winter, this purple and green cabbage photographed at The Fresh Market on Lawndale Drive is a welcomed sight.
On Saturday, Greensboro Daily Photo was combing Greensboro for photos to use during African American history month, looking for nationally recognized sights as well as the more subtle recollections. At Sticks and Stones Eatery, we saw this tomato sauce can, with plants growing in it. Rosa…….
The name Rosa was first used in the 19th century. When civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born in 1913, the name was near peak popularity. Perhaps the McCauley’s christened their first born after a family friend; perhaps she reminded them of nature’s beautiful icon of love and affection, the rose.
Rosa’s brother was called Sylvester, woods in Latin. Under the right conditions, flowers and woods put down roots and flourish. Indeed, Rosa flourished and became known as the mother of the Civil Rights Movement. Though naming baby girls Rosa has waned in popularity, the roots Rosa Parks established will thrive for generations. We encourage someone knowledgeable of Ms. Parks ties to Greensboro to post something in the comments!
Historical Marker J55, erected at the corner of Bennett and Market Streets in 1962, alerts motorists to the location of Bennett College just a few blocks away.
According to their website,
"Bennett College for Women, located in Greensboro, NC, was founded in 1873 as a coeducational institution and in 1926 was reorganized as a college for women. A small, private, historically Black liberal arts, United Methodist Church-related institution, Bennett offers women an education conducive to excellence in scholarly pursuits; preparation for leadership roles in the workplace, society, and the world; and lifelong learning in a technologically advanced, complex global society."
This hauntingly beautiful mask (available at Lindley Park's fabulous homegrown eatery Sticks and Stones) inspired today's post.
In 1899, James Weldon Johnson, in collaboration with his brother John, wrote a song that is popularly titled, THE NEGRO NATIONAL ANTHEM. You may know the song by the first five words (lift every voice and sing) of the first verse... " Lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of Liberty; let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea."
To be sure, looking at the above mask inspires singing and reflection. Not even the stones weighing the facemask down can stop the singing. If the piece hasn't already sold, we at Greensboro Daily Photo just may need to acquire it!