Greenville, Texas

Greenville Texas PostcardThis is one of the most amazing postcards that I’ve seen in some time. As a life-long Texan one would think that I’d have heard of this sign, but it’s a new one on me. On the back:

The original “Greenville Welcome” sign was hung above Lee Street, near the M. K. T. Railroad crossing in 1921. It remained there for 52 years. The motto earned Greenville, Texas worldwide recognition.


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Greenville, Texas — 6 Comments

  1. It was taken down more than 40 years ago. I understand the card may say it was taken down in 1973, but experts with the local history museum place it being taken down in the late 1960s, after having the wording changed more than once. Thne reason why it was taken down is because the local population deemed the wording offensive. There were plenty of “Whites Only” signs and similar displays in small towns across the south during the 1960s, but Greenville is still catching flack for this more than a generation later. Trust me, that sign is no longer an accurate reflection of Greenville.

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  2. I have no doubt that Greenville has changed, Brad, as has every community. I clearly remember the pair of water fountains at a department store in downtown Fort Worth, one in white porcelain, the other in black. That was in the early ’60s, and my father told me that the “white only” and “black only” signs were once mounted above the fountains. In spite of seeing things like that growing up, it’s still shocking to see things like this, particularly on a postcard!

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