Greensboro, North Carolina
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The Saura people, who spoke Siouan, inhabited the Greensboro area prior to European colonization. These colonizers came in the form of Quaker immigrants from Pennsylvania round about 1750. These Quaker families were officially granted approval to establish ‘New Garden Monthly Meeting’ on May 25th, 1754. The settlement of Greensboro expanded out of this. Greensboro, which was known as Greensborough until 1895, was named after Major General Nathanael Greene. Greene had the distinction of being the commander of American forces at the Battle of Guilford Court House nearby on March 15th, 1781, during the American Revolution. Even though the Americans lost this battle, the British troops sustained heavy casualties. The city of Greensboro was officially established in 1808.
Modern day Greensboro, North Carolina, according to a 2013 US census report, has a population of 279,639 people. This makes Greensboro the 68th most populous city in the United States. Greensboro is located within the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point combined statistical area. This CSA, often referred to as the Piedmont Triad, has a population of 1,599,477 people, according to that same 2013 census report.
Greensboro’s largest employer is Guilford County Public Schools, which the 2010 Greensboro Comprehensive Annual Financial Report cited as having 10,394 employees. Greensboro serves as the headquarters for companies such as Honda Aircraft Company, Lorillard Tobacco Company (the area is famous for its tobacco production, in fact), Kayser-Roth, VF, Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks of North America, Qorvo, NewBridge Bank, the International Textile Group (another traditional Greensboro industry), The Fresh Market, Cook Out, Ham’s, Biscuitville, Tripps, and Columbia Forest Products. The city also serves as the ‘center of operations’ for insurance company Lincoln Financial Group.
Greensboro is also home to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. UNCG, established in 1891 as the ‘State Normal and Industrial School’, is a research university focusing on the liberal arts. According to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s 2009-10 Factbook, the university “offers more than 100 undergraduate, 61 master’s, and 26 doctoral programs.” As of the Fall 2014 semester, UNCG serves 16,126 students in total, with 952 members of the academic staff. In fact, the National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute cite UNCG as having a $251.8 million endowment.
The city of Greensboro features various attractions. Among these attractions is the Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, which opened on October 31st, 1927. The theatre has a 2200 seat capacity and is the home of the Greensboro Ballet, the Community Theatre of Greensboro, the Livestock Players Musical Theatre, and the Greensboro Youth Symphony.
Another Greensboro attraction is the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. This museum, which opened in 2010, showcases the actions of ‘the Greensboro Four’ and those who joined them in daily sit-ins within the city’s Woolworth’s department store during the 1960s era of the American Civil Rights Movements. A ‘whites only’ lunch counter in the store prompted these sit-ins. In fact, the museum is located within that old Woolworth’s department store.
The city of Greensboro has a few minor league professional sports teams. The South Atlantic Baseball League’s Greensboro Grasshoppers play their home games at NewBridge Bank Park. The Grasshoppers have won four league titles. Gate City FC, of the National Premier Soccer League; play at Jamieson Stadium, while the USL Premier Development League’s Carolina Dynamo play at Macpherson Stadium. The Dynamo were regular season champions once. USA Rugby South’s Triad Rugby Club play at Oka T. Hester Park. Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s Greensboro Roller Derby play in Greensboro Coliseum.
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