Featured Exhibit

New Deal in High Point

Lowering tracks“New Deal in High Point” showcases the lasting impact of the various New Deal projects on the physical landscape of High Point that we can still see today. The exhibit highlights several New Deal building projects and their legacy in High Point.  A few of the projects included High Point City Lake Park and Washington Terrace Park, Allen Jay Rock Gym and Clara Cox and Daniel Brooks Housing Developments.

The exhibit explains the various organizations and agencies that worked in the community during this time. Each New Deal agency had specific goals and guidelines for projects and programs it could fund. Some provided loans, others gave outright grants, while still others funded only parts of larger projects. One of the agencies working in High Point included the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) with a camp located at the corner of Eastchester and Bridges Drives. It is estimated that over three million trees were planted to help with erosion.

One of the largest projects was the lowering of the railroad tracks through downtown. Construction began in late 1939 and was completed in 1947 with a total estimated cost of $1,500,000. It stretched for over two miles and had seven bridges. The lowering of the tracks is explored more in-depth with a photographic exhibit in the lecture gallery.

Saturday, January 27 at 1 p.m.
Charles C. Bolton, Associate Dean and Professor of History at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will lead a discussion “The New Deal and the South”