Greensboro and Princeville, NC
Affordable housing options in Greensboro can hide EJ issues, unsafe conditions that risk disaster, such as the fire in this apartment complex that killed five children, refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Place: Summit Avenue apartments, 3100 block of Summit Avenue at the corner of Cone Boulevard.
Voice Over: Miguel Lopez Filmed By: Maricruz Robledo-Burney, Katie Farina, Miguel Lopez, and Yakub Yahaya, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Produced with Talking Eyes Media.
Visit a neighborhood in Greensboro that struggles with environmental justice issues yet is home to a vibrant community, including families that have recently migrated. Place: Glenwood neighborhood of Greensboro.
Voice Over: Maricruz Robledo-Burney and Katie Farina. Filmed By: Maricruz Robledo-Burney, Katie Farina, Miguel Lopez, and Yakub Yahaya.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Produced with Talking Eyes Media.
Escaping environmental threats, African Americans move between nodes along a former underground railroad route from Princeville to Greensboro. In 20 years, floods displaced more than 2,000 Princevillians. Environmental justice issues in Greensboro include: soil and water contamination, lack of housing and green space, food deserts, and intensifying storms.
In 1885, Princeville became the first U.S. town incorporated by formerly enslaved people, but racism obscured this achievement. Since 1999, many have also lost their homes to hurricane-related floods. Some moved to Greensboro, which hosts other displaced people and EJ issues.
Reclaiming identity is a step in addressing environmental injustice and historic oppression. Princeville’s Portraits of Humanity exhibit shares its history of faith, unity, and resilience. FaithAction International House in Greensboro, a place of refuge, has an ID card program for the whole community that helps restore identity to displaced people who lack documentation.
Guilford College Woods is a sacred place in Greensboro where people go to learn about the brutal and brave history of the region.
Courtesy of Marcia Rosalie Hale, UNCG Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies.
Forest and river freedom roads of the Underground Railroad connected Greensboro and Princeville to the north.
Courtesy of Maggie Murphy, UNCG First-Year Instruction/Humanities Librarian and Assistant Professor.