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Wrinkle in marker mystery

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

For the past several years I have done due diligence to discover the designer, the maker, the installer, the dedication and the funding sources for the Town Common marker. All efforts have been abortive. Recently, I discovered that the Shepard Memorial Library marker came from the same mold.

Consequently, then, I solicited the support of Mr. Greg Needham, director of libraries, to assist in my discovery. Mr. Needham was so skeptical about the comparison that he drove immediately to Town Common for a personal inspection. He was shocked to learn that the markers were identical in design. Despite his interest, curiosity and due diligence, his efforts, like mine, have been abortive.

Therefore, given the intense racial discord to jettison all-black institutions at that time, is it possible that the city fathers surreptitiously created and installed the Town Common marker on city property to wipe out and eradicate any existence of Negro inhabitants in the downtown area? Or did the city fathers allow groups antithetical to racial harmony and social justice to donate and install the marker as a gift to the city? According to some eyewitness accounts, the marker has been maintained on city property now for more than 40 years.

Forty years seem like a long time, but we, Mr. Needham and I, are confident that there are individuals in the community who might have personal knowledge of the history of these markers. We implore you to come forth, share your experiences, and put to rest the mystery behind the marker controversy. I can be reached at 355-0814 or primo9999@aol.com.

Sam Barber

Greenville

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