A story in the Sunday, August 14, 2022 edition of the Greensboro News & Record details the accomplishments of many Black residents in the Benbow Park Neighborhood who “broke barriers during segregation and have been connected to events of worldwide significance,” and notes that this neighborhood “features many modernist house designs by Black architects” which are very unique.
The Benbow Park community is seeking to become the first Black neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places. Here you can read about George Simkins and Alvin Blount (of the Simkins vs Cone lawsuit to desegregate hospitals), Vince Evans (Black quarterback in the NFL), Debra Lee (first Black female CEO of a cable network) and Henry Frye (first Black person to serve in the NC House and as chief justice of the NC Supreme Court), among others. There will be a meeting on August 18 to discuss this exciting project. – Kate Hood Seel