Attention, Colored People! Houses for sale!

Wilson Daily Times, 7 December 1944.


Wilson has a Woodard Avenue (which runs parallel to Hines Street in East Wilson) and a Woodard Street (which runs parallel to College Street for several blocks between Pine Street and Raleigh Road Parkway.) There is no 600 block of Woodard Avenue. The 600 block of Woodard Street is between Whitehead and Rountree Streets — now squarely on Barton College’s campus — and the site of 610 is roughly under the Barton football stadium’s southwestern endzone. As this area of Wilson was a primarily white residential area, the 600 block may have contained a pocket “colored” cluster such as that found at nearby Pine and Lee Streets. However, the 1941 city directory  shows the block as solidly white.


  1. Interesting. I lived on Freeman Street which curved into Woodard Avenue. I remember Lincoln Street was perpendicular to Woodard Avenue. Do you think this reference to property for “Colored People” was in East Wilson?

    1. That was my original assumption, but there is no 600 block of Woodard Avenue. By the 1940s, residential segregation patterns were hardening, and most of the Black enclaves west of the tracks (with the notable exception of Daniel Hill and New Grabneck) had disappeared. I can only speculate about 610 Woodard Street!

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