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Greenville in Pitt County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Town Common & Urban Renewal

 
 
Town Common & Urban Renewal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ray Gurganus, November 10, 2021
1. Town Common & Urban Renewal Marker
Inscription.  The Downtown neighborhood was a close-knit African American community that included homes, businesses, and the Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Descendants describe the area as thriving and vibrant with a high quality of life.

The Housing Act as amended in 1949 created new national goats for decent living environments, funded "slum clearance; and urban renewal projects, and national public housing programs. This led to the creation of the Redevelopment Commission of the City of Greenville (December 1958) by the City Council. The commission's first task was the Shore Drive Redevelopment Project N. C. R-15 (February 1960). The Shore Drive Redevelopment Project was to revitalize Greenville's downtown area.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1958.
 
Location. 35° 36.951′ N, 77° 22.419′ W. Marker is in Greenville, North Carolina, in Pitt County. Marker is at the intersection of West First Street and North Greene Street (County Highway 1531), on the right
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when traveling west on West First Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 W 1st St, Greenville NC 27858, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church (here, next to this marker); Sycamore Hill Gateway Plaza (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); United in Faith (a few steps from this marker); Neighborhood Unity and Community Pride (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Pitt County Supreme Sacrifice and Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas J. Jarvis (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
Also see . . .  African American Cultural Trail. Greenville-Pitt County (Submitted on November 13, 2021.) 
 
Sycamore Hill Gateway Plaza image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ray Gurganus, November 10, 2021
2. Sycamore Hill Gateway Plaza
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2021, by Ray Gurganus of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 12, 2021, by Ray Gurganus of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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