1966 Winston-Salem Journal Article, “Farm for Retired Slaves Now Site of Fine Homes” Is Eye Opening

I found this article in the Central Library’s North Carolina Room some time ago. It’s eye-opening. In the article below (that I am sharing for educational purposes) we learn that some prime real estate near Buena Vista has a hidden history. It was once used by Francis Fries to house enslaved Africans who were too old to be e… More

Up To No Good In Brookwood: A Black Neighborhood Was Erased For A Business Park That Never Developed

Edited 6/19/2021

Back in April, the Winston-Salem City Council passed a toothless resolution supporting the principle of reparations. The resolution, approved by all seven Democrats on an eight-member board, costs the City of Winston-Salem almost nothing. It promises little more than empathy to African Americans in the city wh… More

After Years Of Planning And Over $3 Million Budgeted, The “East End” Is Still Just A Construct

“This is the very first major part of bringing that East End Master Plan vision to life. It’s just a phenomenal project.” -Annette Scippio, April 5, 2021, WSNC City Council meeting.

The Garden Court Apartments are going to be redeveloped. The modestly built apartment units that have been vacant during the pandem… More

MLK Drive’s Ghost Project Is Still Stalled

Monday’s meeting of the Winston-Salem City Council was noteworthy. There’s a lot to unpack. The activist pushback against our status quo city council during public comments was enlightening and entertaining. While the City’s Nondiscrimination Initiative and half-hearted community investment measures a… More

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Watkins Street, The African American West End Enclave Destroyed By The Dash

Today, I’m posting the first of what I hope to be many Throwback Thursday posts. Every Thursday, for the foreseeable future, I am planning on examining, at length, a video from the City of Winston-Salem’s YouTube channel and other sources. The City of Winston-Salem has a number of excellent documentaries that deserve m… More

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