North Carolina-County-May 18

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-May 18

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

One of North Carolina most populated counties is Guilford. It has 500,000 residents. The county was formed in 1771. The County is named after Francis North, the first Earl of Guilford.  The county was established so that the government could have tighter control in the Piedmont.  The North Carolina Colonial Legislature split off parts of Orange County to centralize the government and court system of Guilford.  In 1774, the first courthouse, along with a county jail, were both built in the middle of the county; the place became known as Guilford Courthouse. Today the county seat is Greensboro, NC.

Map of Guilford County is outlined in red.


Guilford County is home to several universities including Guilford, Greensboro College, UNC Greensboro, NC A&T, Bennett, and High Point. I did not know that the famous journalist radio/tv broadcaster Edward R. Murrow was born in Guilford County.

Here he is on copy of Time magazine in 1957.

edward R murrow

Greensboro was also the site of a 1960 civil rights event at a Woolworth’s Lunch counter. You can read more below. Also you will find a copy of the 1960 lunch menu at Woolworth’s that those 4 students were trying to order off of. A coke, ham sandwich, and apple pie for 55 cents. Wow!





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