T. Dianne Bellamy-Small

Bellamy Small:The greenway is another part of our way of showing our communities how we

can live, work and play. Not only you can come and walk and run and ride

your bicycle, but if you want to just talk about the stories, if you want to

talk about what was here and point out that. I think those can be

interesting things for children or adults because a lot of adults do not

know the story of Warnersville.

If you’re on this part on the greenway you’ll be able to look over and see what was

here, what is here now and sometimes you might even have a neighbor

or somebody who comes out and maybe is talking and they’re

saying, “Well I never knew about Warnersville.” Then they start telling

that story and Greensboro is rich in stories.

I will be interested when we get to the northern, northwestern phase of it because a lot

of times people don’t know about Fisher Park and some of the other

neighborhoods and how they came about. I think it’ll be a learning

experience for all of us.

This neighborhood, the Warnersville neighborhood, is the first African-American

established settlement in Greensboro so it’s the oldest. I think that if you

look at some of the public art that has been put here, it is trying to show

what this neighborhood has meant over all of these years. When you

realize that this neighborhood was started by freed slaves and that

because of a generous gift even then by Quakers for freed slaves to be

able to buy the land and to be able to build their homes.

Now look at this greenway where it’s saying we want you to continue your legacy, to be

the first to experience what it means to connect all of Greensboro

because this is an integral part of Greensboro and always has been and

hopefully will continue to be.