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View looking west down First Street with Sycamore Hill Baptist Church in the background.
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View looking west down First Street with Sycamore Hill Baptist Church in the background.

Town Common: Great lawn, rich history

By Wesley Brown

The Daily Reflector

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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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