of Warnersville Community
have heard on numerous occasions that you cannot appreciate your
present unless you know something of your past.This statement
becomes particularly meaningful to those whose roots trace back
to the "Old Warnersville Community."
Warnersville is a neighborhood in southeast Greensboro. It is the first organized African American community in the city. It was established in 1867 by ex-slaves. It was aptly named for its founder Yardley Warner, a white Pennsylvania Quaker, who bought and resold 37 acres of land to people of color who had previously been unable to own property in Greensboro.
Warner hired an ex-slave, Harmon Un-Thank, with a keen business savvy to divide the property into lots and sell it. This community was settled by people who had limited education and less formal training, but it was the first community where people of color could own homes, build their own churches, run their own businesses and educate their children.
As Warnersville flourished and thrived it attracted more black professionals and soon became the birthplace of many African American businesses. Grocery Stores, Funeral Homes, Cleaners, Shoe Shops, Entertainment Spots, and many others became thriving businesses in the community.
other churches had their existence in Warnersville. St. Phillips
A.M.E. Zion Church, St.
Haynes Holiness Church is no longer in existence. The schools were a source of educating and serving as an important cultural function for children in the community.The schools reinforced moral values and children were pushed to excel. Early schools in the community were The Lutheran School,The McAdoo School, Jacksonville School,Old Ashe Street School, David D. Jones School and J. C. Price School.
J. C. Price School is the only original physical landmark left in the community from past generations.To destroy it will not only abolish a historical monument and Greensboro treasure but it will erase a symbol of this communities great achievements.The school sits in the center of the community where there are precious few reminders of the history of this proud African American community. It educated many outstanding personalities in the Greensboro Community including A. H. Peeler, Ezell Blair, Jr., Randolph Blackwell, Otis Hairston, Sr., Sam Penn, Connie Raiford, Dr. Lorenza Shoffner, Lillian Harris, Bob McAdoo, Lou Hudson,Attorney Herb Parks, Fred Huntley, Dr. James Waddy, Constance Griffin and many others.
was a victim of the city's urban renewal program in the 1960's.
Its intent was to remove the perceived blithe associated with
the community and to build affordable housing.
"SHARING OUR PRIDE IN THE WARNERSVILLE COMMUNITY AND ITS HISTORY."