This photo, taken in downtown Greensboro, looks like it could have been taken 100 years ago. Actually, it was taken on Friday evening. It features the back of the original First Presbyterian Church, now the Greensboro Historical Museum. The lot in front, recently seeded with grass, is the site of the now-gone YWCA.
The Young Women's Christian Association still has a facility in Greensboro, located on Spring Garden Street. The YWCA has quite a rich history in Greensboro, dating from 1903. Nationally, the organization got its start in New York City in 1858 (read history here). It is the oldest and largest women's organization in the United States.
As for the open field, left behind from the razing of the YWCA, we're not quite sure what is planned for the lot. While we wait to find out, Greensboro is taking advantage of the extra green space downtown. The lot is located between Festival Park and the Greensboro Public Library. Vacant, the lot provides a stunning, old-timey view of a church is even older than the YWCA. It has been in Greensboro since 1824. As we share our Sunday-day-of-reflection post, let's be thankful that the YWCA still has a local presence and that it continues to empower local women. Let's also be thankful that the First Presbyterian Church continues to thrive. They do their share of good deeds, too! Regardless of what you believe, happy Sunday. Take a Sunday drive and enjoy this view with your own eyes (in color).