511 South Pender Street.

The one-hundred-twenty-third in a series of posts highlighting buildings in East Wilson Historic District, a national historic district located in Wilson, North Carolina. As originally approved, the district encompasses 858 contributing buildings and two contributing structures in a historically African-American section of Wilson. (A significant number have since been lost.) The district was developed between about 1890 to 1940 and includes notable examples of Queen Anne, Bungalow/American Craftsman, and Shotgun-style architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

The nomination form for the East Wilson Historic District lists this description of 505 South Pender [originally Stantonsburg Street]: “ca. 1922; 1 story; shotgun with shed-roofed porch and gable returns.”

In the 1928 Wilson, N.C., city directory: Barnes Lena (c) dom h 511 Stantonsburg

In the 1930 Wilson, N.C., city directory, the house was vacant.

In 1940, Prince Mincey registered for the World War II draft in Wilson. Per his registration card, he was born 18 March 1908 in Wilson; lived at 511 Stantonsburg Street; his contact was wife Alice Hinnh [Hannah] Mincey; and he worked for C.J. Moore, Wilson.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 511 Stantonsburg Street, rented for $8/month, fertilizer plant laborer Prince Mincy, 30, and wife Alice, 29.

The 1941 Wilson, N.C., city directory: Mincey Prince (c; Alice) tob wkr h 511 Stantonsburg

In the 1947 Wilson, N.C., city directory: Mincey Prince (c; Alice) carp h 511 Stantonsburg

Photo by Lisa Y. Henderson, September 2020.


  1. Hello Lisa,
    Thanks, for your post on the house 511 Stantonsburg St.,, now known as 511 Pender St., Wilson, NC. According to your information Lena Barnes was my grandmother. She was London Woodard Great-grand Daughter. Her maiden name was Woodard. She married Henry Barnes. So, she probably live there in 1928 before I was born. Then they moved to 415 Maury St. Wilson, NC. My mother told about that. The last house she live in was 815 Stantonsburg St. Wilson.

    Elder London “Buck” Woodard, Sr. 1792-1870

    Elvin Woodard, Sr. 1822-1880
    Son of Elder London “Buck” Woodard, Sr.

    William “Willie” Woodard 1853-1924
    Son of Elvin Woodard, Sr.

    Lena Woodard
    You are the daughter of William “Willie” Woodard

    Leroy Barnes

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