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F.D. Bluford Library at NC A&T State University Receives $7,450 to Uncover the History of Redlining in Greensboro, North Carolina

Greensboro, N.C. 9/28/21– F.D. Bluford Library has received a $7,450 Large Grant from North Carolina Humanities. Harvey Long, Carlos Grooms, James Stewart, and Katie Kehoe will collaborate with the local community to explore the history of redlining in Greensboro, North Carolina. Primary Grant Contact: Harvey Long, hdlong@ncat.edu


An overview of the A&T College (now North Carolina A&T State University), from the Ayantee 1964 yearbook. The long road on the right page of this image is the historic East Market Street which was home to multiple Black-owned Businesses, residencies, and homes. This street was redeveloped in the 1970s resulting in the road being moved about 100 ft south, destroying generations of homes and businesses. Today the current Bluford Library and many modern A&T buildings sit on the former East Market Street.

An overview of the A&T College (now North Carolina A&T State University), from the Ayantee 1964 yearbook. The long road on the right page of this image is the historic East Market Street which was home to multiple Black-owned Businesses, residencies, and homes. This street was redeveloped in the 1970s resulting in the road being moved about 100 ft south, destroying generations of homes and businesses. 

“We are grateful North Carolina Humanities selected North Carolina A&T for this grant funding, which will allow us to engage not only the campus community but broader Greensboro through a series of lectures and workshops around historical redlining and its afterlives. We hope that participants will leave each event inspired to dream of a more just and equitable world,” -- Harvey Long, the Student Success Librarian

 F.D. Bluford Library at NC A&T State University received a $7,450 grant from North Carolina Humanities to explore the history of redlining in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This important funding will support a series of talks between scholars, writers, and Greensboro’s Black community that reflect on the history of discriminatory housing practices, such as redlining, and how this history continues to impact Black Americans and East Greensboro. These discussions will be complemented with a traveling exhibit of documents, maps, and photos from NC A&T State University Archives that shows changes that have taken place in East Greensboro between the 1930s, when redlining practices began, to today.

The F.D. Bluford project team will collaborate with the community and organizations like Dudley High School, Greensboro Bound, and the Greensboro Public Library to plan these events and launch a discussion about the ways the Greensboro community can create an equitable future in housing.

This project was made possible by a grant from North Carolina Humanities, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

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