Rocky Mount in Edgecombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Around the “Y” Community
Originally the community was known as around the "Wire" today it is known as the "Y" community. It sprang up in the early 20th century and remained intact until the mid 1970s pursuant to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Affairs Redevelopment Plans.
Early settlers faced many difficult challenges. In addition to slavery, there was the "Jim Crow" period and Great Depression.
Their courage, religious faith, and strength of character saw them through those difficult times. The major means of livelihood for most of the early setters centered around the railroad, tobacco, cotton, and domestic work.
Their contributions added significantly to the economic vitality of Rocky Mount and the coastal plain region of North Carolina.
The descendants of those courageous, gifted, and resourceful people continued to make substantial contribution to the well-being of this city, state and nation.
Location. 35° 55.824′ N, 77° 47.882′ W. Marker is in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in Edgecombe County. Marker is on South Washington Street south of Hendricks Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky Mount NC 27801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The ACL 303 (approx. half a mile away); Walter Fenner "Buck" Leonard (approx. half a mile away); Bishop FC Barnes (approx. 0.7 miles away); This Bell (approx. 0.7 miles away); Douglas Franklin Davis (approx. ¾ mile away); Thelonious Monk (approx. one mile away); Dr. Junius Daniel Douglas 1874-1973 (approx. one mile away); Miss Anna Easter Brown (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rocky Mount.
Also see . . . Around The “Y” Community Organization (pdf file). City of Rocky Mount (Submitted on May 11, 2016.)
Categories. • African Americans • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
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