Stretching far back into the Revolutionary War era and before, these displays introduce the migration of Europeans to the Carolina backcountry, with its dense forests and plentiful land. The exhibit also educates guests on the Native American tribes of the area and their interaction with the influx of European migrants.
Early Greensboro: 1808-1890
The displays of this exhibit walk guests through the founding of Greensboro in 1808. The city was named for the Revolutionary War general, Nathanael Greene. At that time, the community was comprised of modest homes, with the feel of a village.
Service & Sacrifice: 1812 and On
This exhibit takes guests on a journey through wars that have raged for the past two centuries, highlighting Greensboro’s residents and its place in wartime history. This includes the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the First Gulf War and the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.
Debating Liberty: 1800-1890
The struggle and strife of the Civil War was embodied in the turmoil of Greensboro, brought to life in this exhibit. Once pro-union, the debate over slavery created a chasm in the city, with some residents supporting what they viewed as a Bible-ordained right to slavery, and many others supporting the freedom of slaves. When North Carolina seceded from the Union in 1861, it threw Greensboro squarely into the Confederacy and the long war ahead.
Denim Capital: 1891-1945
The history of textile production and abundance of cotton in the South made denim a natural fit for industry in Greensboro. The City built up this production, creating jobs and success in the region. During the Second World War, the mills were to put to service in the wartime effort.
Changing Times: 1946-1979
The post war era in Greensboro brought residents into an era of changing identity, what the city was, is, could and should be. This included growing strife and unrest regarding segregation, from the streets to college campuses. This exhibit takes a closer look of this time of change for the city during the Civil Rights Movement.
Today’s Gate City: 1980- present
This final stage of the Voices of a City exhibit looks at the nature of Greensboro from the last 30 years and into the future. From the small town atmosphere to the ever changing history that defines the city, Today’s Gate City Exhibit seeks to look to a bright future while acknowledging the challenges of the past.