Lane Street Project’s logo pays homage to the most prominent standing grave marker in the cemeteries. Della Hines Barnes was mother of three of early 20th-century Wilson’s African-American heavyweights — businessmen Walter S. Hines and William Hines and physician Boisey O. Barnes. Her ornate marble grave marker — with its angel lifting a finger heavenward — gleams from the shabby remains of Odd Fellows cemetery, a testament to the wealth of her children at the time of her death. Though the success of the Hines brothers and Dr. Barnes is attributable to their own talents, each had the great good fortune to be the beneficiary of their mother’s drive and early financial success.
Photo by Lisa Y. Henderson, December 2020.