Black History Month 2017-10-05T17:11:38+00:00

Black History Month

The City of Goldsboro recognizes Black History Month in conjunction with its Human Relations Month of activities. Each year, the City and County sponsor the Annual Interfaith Breakfast. Three Ministers of different denominations are invited to share their thoughts on the subject of “Unity”. This year was the 27th Annual Interfaith Breakfast and was held on February 2nd, 2016.  The three speakers were:

  • Rev. Deacon Webster James, St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
  • Bishop William Phillips, The Word Faith Center, Inc.
  • Rev. Kenneth Tate, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

The City also hosts a Poster and Essay Contest inviting all public schools Art and Social Science classes to participate. Posters are displayed in the Berkeley Mall for a week prior to the 3rd Saturday, when the Annual Human Relations Banquet is held to present trophies and awards.

This year, the 42nd Annual Human Relations Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, February 20th at Herman Park Center, 901 E. Ash Street. Trophies are given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners based on grade levels for a poster contest and also for an essay contest.  There are also three special awards given to the Individual, Civic Organization and Business/Industry who has given of themselves, their organization or business by providing services to the community to make a difference in someone’s life.

Little Known Black History Facts

The City of Goldsboro always recognize some little known Black History Facts about Goldsboro and Wayne County.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Alfonzo “Al” King was the first black Mayor of Goldsboro.

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  • Chester Hill was the first black Chief of Police for the City of Goldsboro in 1992.

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  • Bobby Greenfield was the first black Fire Chief for the City of Goldsboro in June 1999.

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  • Amaziah Howard and Jake Musgrave were the first black Police Officers for the City of Goldsboro.

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  • Attorney Earl Whitted was the first black to serve on the Goldsboro Board of Alderman ( now City Council).

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  • Dorothy Foreman a 1948 graduate of Dillard High School served as a Secretary for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • Clarence Hodges, a native of Goldsboro served under President Ronald Regan’s Administration

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  • The last class to graduate from Old Dillard High School on Elm Street was 1957.

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  • Established in 1880 as an Asylum for Colored Insane, the hospital served the entire black population in the state for its first 85 years. In 1961, the name was changed to Cherry Hospital in honor of Governor Gregg Cherry. In 1965, it desegregated.

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  • Wilbert Greenfield a native of Wayne County served as President of two Historically black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’S); Johnson C. Smith University and Virginia State University.

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  • Lula Sims, Ms. Little , and Ms. Flowers were some of the first African American mid-wives in Goldsboro

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  • On October 18, 1867, the first meeting of the General Baptist Convention was founded at the First African Baptist Church on Pine Street in Goldsboro.

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  • In the 1950’s, Gertrude Weil funded a park and swimming pool for African Americans (now Mina Weil Park) and founded the Bi-Racial Council in 1963 (now Community Affairs Department).

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  • In the 1950’s, the first black Public Library was named Alice H. Brown located on Pine Street and Virginia Watson was the first Librarian.

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  • Walter Fennell, Mr. Robert Hatcher and Mr. William Aldridge were some of the first black Postman in Goldsboro.

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  • Robert Bostic was the first black Mail Sorter on the train that ran from Goldsboro to Washington, DC

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  • Thomas Hardy was the first black Mail Sorter on the train from South Carolina to New York

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  • The Goldsboro Colored Florist (owned by the Shealy family) was the first black Florist in Goldsboro.

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  • Dr. Wright was the first black Dentist in Goldsboro.

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  • The Guess Family were the first black Funeral Home in Goldsboro.

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  • Prince Albert Best was the first black to serve on the Goldsboro City School Board of Education

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  • Dr. Gordon was the first black Doctor in Goldsboro.

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  • Attorney White was the first black Lawyer in Goldsboro.

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  • Sherman Best was the first black County Commissioner in Wayne County.

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  • John Henry Wooten was the first black Chairman of the Wayne County Commissioners

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  • Ernestine Wooten was the first black female to serve as Chairman of the Wayne County Democratic Party
Mayor Al King

Mayor Al King

Earl Whitted, Jr.

Chief Bobby Greenfield

Chief Chester Hill

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A.C. Crowder was the first black Assistant Superintendent of the Goldsboro City School System.

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  • Old Dillard High School Choir was the first black Choir to be invited to sing at the White House from the eastern area under the direction of Mr. George V. Collins.

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  • The first black Kindergarten was held at First African Baptist Church with Ms. Sarah Best and Hortence Lewis as the Teachers.

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  • Dr. Osceola Jackson owned the first black Pharmacy on James Street.

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  • North Carolina Mutual was the first black Life Insurance Company in Goldsboro.

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  • Hugh V. Brown is credited with developing a program that assisted black high school students for over 20 years with traveling to Connecticut each summer to work and receive salaries to help with their school clothing and supplies.

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  • William Jones was the owner of the first black Cleaners in Goldsboro on West Pine Street.

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  • Dr. Lonnie Hayes was the first black Surgeon at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro.

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  • The Dillard/Goldsboro High School Alumni Association is the largest black High School Reunion in the country.

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  • Shirley Middleton was the first black female Clerk in the Wayne County Court House.

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  • Judge Paul Jones was the first black appointed and elected Judge in Wayne County in 1996.

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  • LaTerrie Ward was the first person hired as a department head to retire with 30 years of service (Director of Community Affairs) with the City of Goldsboro.
  • First black female to retire with those years of service.