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Sedalia in Guilford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Athletic Field

 
 
Athletic Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, January 1, 2011
1. Athletic Field Marker
Inscription. Palmer students always enjoyed baseball. Team photographs appeared in school bulletins as early as 1916. The field’s original orientation placed home plate and a wooden backstop at the corner of Palmer Farm Road and the highway.

In 1997, Whitsett resident Boyd Toben donated funds to restore the baseball diamond for community youth teams. The restoration relocated home plate and added fencing and bleachers to accommodate today’s baseball and softball teams. It was named for Charles W. Bundrige, Palmer coach, teacher, and fourth president.

Charles W. Bundrige (1921-1997) joined Palmers faculty in 1952. Bundrige graduated from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and served in the 183rd Engineer Combat Army Battalion during World War II. Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown hired him while he attended graduate school at Duquesne University in Pennsylvania. He taught history and physical education and coached all the boys’ sports. He later served as the school’s business manager and as president until the school closed in 1971.

Bundrige’s commitment to Palmer Memorial Institute continued when he helped establish the campus as a North Carolina State Historic Site and served as vice-president of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Historical Foundation, the site’s private, non-profit support group.

 
Location.
Athletic Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, January 1, 2011
2. Athletic Field Marker
36° 3.985′ N, 79° 37.232′ W. Marker is in Sedalia, North Carolina, in Guilford County. Marker is at the intersection of US Highway 70 and Palmer Farm Road on US Highway 70. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sedalia NC 27342, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McLean House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Galen L. Stone Hall 1927 (about 400 feet away); Bell Tower (about 500 feet away); Kimball Hall (about 600 feet away); Palmer Memorial Institute (about 800 feet away); Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown, 1883 - 1961 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sedalia.
 
Also see . . .  Charlotte Hawkins Brown Historic Site. (Submitted on April 17, 2011, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..)
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationSports
 
Charles W. Bundrige image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, January 1, 2011
3. Charles W. Bundrige
Palmer Baseball Team c. 1925 image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, January 1, 2011
4. Palmer Baseball Team c. 1925
Coach Bundrige with the 1961 Junior Varsity basketball team image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, January 1, 2011
5. Coach Bundrige with the 1961 Junior Varsity basketball team
Early 1900s Palmer baseball team image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, January 1, 2011
6. Early 1900s Palmer baseball team
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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