Greensboro

Greensboro

[greenz-bur-oh, -buhr-oh]
Greensboro, city (1990 pop. 183,521), seat of Guilford co., N central N.C.; inc. 1829. The city is a financial, insurance, and distribution center for the region. Manufactures include textiles and apparel, buses, motor vehicle parts, electronic and telecommunications equipment, and food and beverages. Greensboro was settled in 1749. The nearby site of the Revolutionary War battle of Guilford Courthouse is a national military park. The first sit-in during the civil rights movement occurred at a Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter in 1960. Dolley Madison, O. Henry, and Edward R. Murrow were born in Greensboro. Among its educational institutions are the Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro College, Guilford College, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State Univ., and Bennett College.

City (pop., 2000: 223,891), north-central North Carolina, U.S. Established in 1808 as the county seat, it was named for Gen. Nathanael Greene. Toward the end of the American Civil War, Greensboro was the temporary capital of both the Confederacy and North Carolina. It is a large wholesale distribution point and an important insurance centre. Textiles dominate its diversified industries. It is the site of several colleges and universities.

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