Greensboro’s First Presbyterian Church Cemetery by Carol Moore

The historic First Presbyterian Church Cemetery adjoins the Greensboro Historical Museum and Greensboro Public Library’s Central Library. If you’re at all curious about Greensboro history or the cemetery, you’ll want to take a good look at this book. It includes many pictures of individuals Presby_graveyard buried in the cemetery, as well as photographs of tombstones, and the captions are lengthy and informative. Since many of Greensboro’s founders, whether they were Presbyterians or not, are buried there, the book gives a good glimpse of our city’s early history. O. Henry’s family members are among those buried in the cemetery, as are soldiers killed in various wars. Sadly, the cemetery includes tombstones of many young children.

After you read the book, you may want to visit the cemetery, which is open to the public. To schedule a tour for a group of ten or more people, call Betty K. Phipps at the Greensboro Historical Museum (333-6831).

To learn more about Greensboro’s early history, you’ll want to check out Greensboro, North Carolina: the County Seat of Guilford by Ethel Stephens Arnett and Greensboro: A Chosen Center: An Illustrated History by Gayle Hicks Fripp. If you become interested in learning more about one of Greensboro’s early leaders, you may find information in Founders and Builders of Greensboro, 1808-1908 by Bettie Caldwell. Also, ask the librarians at the reference desk on the second floor of the Central Library (219 N. Church Street) to assist you in searching the North Carolina files for newspaper clippings and other information about the individual who interests you.

(Helen Snow, Information Services)

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