Ellis Brown closed her eyes inside her west Greenville home last week and, for a split second, flashed back 70 years.
She stood frozen in time at the corner of Second and Reade streets in the heart of the Tenderloin District, a neighborhood of homes along the Tar River where the 84-year-old Greenville native was born and raised.
Nearly all the gritty history of Greenville’s African American community — its jobs, its boom, its money, its heartbreak — can be traced to the row of small, one-story houses on what is now known as the Town Common.
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