Images of Winston-Salem’s African American Legacy

by Terry Watson | March 13th, 2013
Atkins High School

Atkins High School – 1954 (Photo by Arcadia Publishing)

Winston Salem, NC is a city full of history, especially that of African Americans. Author Cheryl Streeter Harry has significantly captured much of this in her book, Images of Winston-Salem’s African American Legacy. What can be descried as a collection of images and information that details the impact and roles that many have played in shaping and building the city, readers will also be educated on some of the things that many history books have left out.

Opening with a foreword by Dr. Sir Walter Mack Jr., pastor of Union Baptist Church, readers are welcomed by the affectionate writings of Dr. Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise”. Angelou who is also a resident of the ‘Twin City’ is joined by others to illustrate the African American experience dating as far back to the 1800s.

Streeter states that The Memorial Industrial School was born out of a need to fill a void when the Colored Baptist Orphanage, which was formed in 1905, was under financial hardship. She also shares the story of George Black, the son of a former slave who came to Winston-Salem during the late 1800s. By working at the brickyard of a white brick maker, Black developed his skill and established his own brick making company.

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