African American history in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The history of African-Americans in Greensboro is something many of us are still getting to know, and luckily The Greensboro Historical Museum is full of this history that dates back to 1790.

It’s believed at one time, there were over 600 enslaved African-Americans in Greensboro. 

Linda Evans, a historian with the museum, says that number tripled by the 1800s.

“It’s important to remember that Greensboro’s economy depended on the slave trade,” Evans said.

By the time the Civil War ended, African-Americans were still fighting for equality in Guilford County.

A Quaker named Yardley Warner helped with this effort.

Warner partnered with a local African-American and the two purchased acres of land to build schools, churches and a number of businesses in the South Elm-Eugene area which, at the time, was known as Warnersville

“The Quakers were one of a few groups that helped African Americans at that time,” Evans said.

The Museum also has furniture, blankets and other artifacts dating back to the Civil War era on display.

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