High Point Museum

Posted on: April 6, 2017

Walking Tour of Historic Washington Street

For the sixth year, local historian Glenn Chavis will be offering guided walking tours of historic Washington Street. The first one will be Saturday, April 15. They will be offered the third Saturday of each month through September.

Washington Street was a thriving business and entertainment district for High Point’s black community during the period of segregation. Its prominence declined after integration, but it has drawn a lot of attention in recent years during discussions about revitalizing High Point’s core city area. The city maintains an interest in seeing it develop further.

Washington Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The walking tours, cosponsored by the High Point Museum and Changing Tides Cultural Center, will offer participants the opportunity to step back in time.  

“There’s no one else who can give a tour of Washington Street like Glenn Chavis,” Edith Brady, Museum Director, said. “He knows the street like the back of his hand and has so many stories to share. He’s very good at painting a picture so you can visualize what was once there and how vibrant the area was in years past.”

Each tour, lasting approximately 90 minutes, will begin at Changing Tides Cultural Center, 613 Washington Street at 8 am. The walking tours are free of charge. Call the Museum at 336-885-1859 for more information.

Chavis’ second book Our Roots, Our Branches, Our Fruit, Black Schools of High Point & Surrounding Area 1868 – 1968 is available in the Museum Store for $20.95. This book focuses on the African American schools in High Point prior to integration and includes photos. Chavis is currently working on his third book.

The High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library, is dedicated to sharing Greater High Point’s history, providing perspective for current issues, and strengthening the sense of community.

The City of High Point aims to serve as the catalyst for bringing together the community’s human, economic and civic resources for the purpose of creating the single most livable, safe and prosperous community in America. For more information on the City, visit www.highpointnc.gov

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