Posted on July 29, 2020 at 9:35 AM by TERESA LOFLIN
Early landowning free people of color in High Point (1)
So much focus in typical historical studies is placed on slavery that it is easy to forget that there was a sizeable free black population in North Carolina in the 1850s. And in spite of restrictive laws on movement, gun ownership, marriage opportunities, and civil rights, and the danger of being virtually or actually re-enslaved through judicial sentencing, involuntary apprenticeship or kidnapping, people of color found a way to survive and even to thrive in many Southern places, particularly in towns. Free blacks often acquired important skills they could use to found businesses and gain income. Some families worked as cooks or ran laundries. There were blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and carpenters. Many early barbers were either enslaved men working for their freedom or free people of color working for themselves. High Point was no exception.
Posted on July 15, 2020 at 2:14 PM by TERESA LOFLIN
The dissolution of the Normal School and one of High Point’s earliest slave sales.
Tag(s): research, library, history, High Point
Posted on July 8, 2020 at 3:28 PM by TERESA LOFLIN
High Point Female Normal School and its founder.
One of High Point’s earliest and most important institutions was its Normal School for ladies. It was actually High Point’s counterpart to the exclusively male Normal College (later known as Trinity College) down the road, founded by Brantley York, which subsequently moved to Durham and became Duke University. In fact, the school was so important to High Pointers that they made mention of it in their petition for a city charter to the State Legislature in late 1858. They even enacted a ban on the sale of spirituous liquors within the town limits to protect impressionable students from evil influences, making that provision part of their articles of incorporation. Yet the school enjoyed a relatively short existence. What was this school all about? Who founded it and why? What was it like, and what became of it? Recent research adds to what we knew before.
Tag(s): ladies school, history, High Point, female school