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Old 03-29-2017, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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Historic Aycock neighborhood in Greensboro may change name | myfox8.com

Aycock Middle School in the neighborhood will also change its name and Aycock Auditorium at UNCG recently dropped the name. Charles B Aycock was an educator but he was also a White Supremacist. Aycock Middle will be named after an African American educator Melvin C Swann while the neighborhood would be named after Dunleith Estate, the first property on record to be settled in the historic neighborhood in the 1850s. It could be called Dunleith Neighborhood or Dunleith Gardens. The Aycock neighborhood is also home to the historic War Memorial Stadium built in the 1920s and was home to Greensboro's baseball team until the new downtown ballpark opened in 2005. The neighborhood is one of several old neighborhoods that border downtown lined with historic homes dating back to the late 19th century / early 20th century. The others are Fisher Park, Westerwood, College Hill and Ole Asheboro. Other historic neighborhoods in the downtown area are Sunset Hills and Old Irving Park. These are all great neighborhoods with a variety of historic architecture. People should check them out because I know Greensboro has been labeled by some as a city without historic character which is totally untrue. Years ago streetcars use to line the streets of these neighborhoods which are really a residential extension of downtown.

A home in the Aycock Neighborhood

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Some Fisher Park neighborhood architecture from Queen Anne to craftsmen style architecture (est in 1902)

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Creek that runs through Fisher Park neighborhood into a green space with large old trees. The park at Fisher Park served as the city's open civic park space in the early 20th century.

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College Hill neighborhood architecture

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Old Irving Park

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Old 03-30-2017, 07:56 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Greensboro has alot of nice older architecture homes but they were swallowed up by bad neighborhoods and allowed to rot. I remember I rode up MLK Blvd one day with my grandmother maybe 10-15 years ago and she was just sad telling me that this area used to be really nice and have alot of older nicer homes, then white flight happened.
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Old 03-30-2017, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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A lot of historic architecture in east Greensboro on the edge of downtown was torn down in the name of urban renewal as well. Many examples of Romanesque architecture in Greensboro like the Foust Building at UNCG and the Greensboro Historical Museum were either demolished or destroyed by fire.

Romanesque examples

UNCG Foust Building 1892 its one of the oldest buildings at UNCG.

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Benbow House Hotel

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Old 03-30-2017, 11:04 AM
 
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This is just stupid. Had someone polled the area resident's knowledge about who Aycock was I bet few, if none, would have little knowledge about this man.
The other stupid question is if something is named after a black historical figure in which a tainted history is discovered would that person's name be removed?
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Old 03-30-2017, 11:39 AM
 
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This is just stupid. Had someone polled the area resident's knowledge about who Aycock was I bet few, if none, would have little knowledge about this man.
The other stupid question is if something is named after a black historical figure in which a tainted history is discovered would that person's name be removed?

I'd bet most would assume he must have been a man of good character responsible for improving the conditions of the community, not someone who actively disenfranchised a good deal of citizens he governed over because of hate. This isnt just an issue for the neighborhood, its a question for the greater community on how we acknowledge historical figures who also have troubling pasts.

Id also say regarding your rhetorical question, a black person with a comparable history of vile hurtful words and deeds wouldnt have enjoyed the privelege of being honored by the city to begin with.
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Old 03-31-2017, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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This is just stupid. Had someone polled the area resident's knowledge about who Aycock was I bet few, if none, would have little knowledge about this man.
I went to Charles B. Aycock High School in Wayne County (class of 2007), and during the 14 years I lived in that county, there were no complaints AT ALL about his name being on the school until about a year after the Charleston shootings. There was a small push by the local NAACP to change the name in 2016, but it didn't get anywhere due to a lack of support from county & school officials. The issue was quickly dropped...for now, anyway.

Aycock was definitely a white supremacist, but nobody had an issue with his name until now.
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Old 03-31-2017, 09:53 AM
 
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I live in Aycock. I'm fine with changing the name for this reason, and for the reason that when you say you live in Aycock people think of Aycock Street.
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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I say give it an urban name like Dunleith Heights.
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:43 AM
 
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I recall a proposal brought up many years ago to rename the compass schools (Northeast, Northwest, Southern Guilford) with proper names. Here is the perfect argument against that.
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