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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Greensboro, Alabama: 1936

Greensboro, Alabama: 1936

"County seat of Hale County, Alabama," in August 1936 as photographed by Walker Evans. View full size. The McCollum Grocery on the corner is the subject of another Evans photo, where it's identified as being in Moundville. See Bill Cary's comment. Is this Moundvlle? Haleyville? Greensboro? (Other Evans photos identify this store as being in Greensboro, the county seat.)

 

Yes Greensboro

That is my grandfather's store. He was married to Julia Simmons also from Greensboro.

This is Greensboro

I grew up in Greensboro - LOVE this picture - great view of Main Street - thanks so much, CA Johnson and Son were in business a long time - if you notice the ornate balcony right next to the store, that would be our old Opera House - an incredible building.

C.A. Johnson Store

It is no longer there. I remember the freezing cold night December 31, 1987 @ 11:40 pm , when a Greensboro Police officer reported smoke coming from the rear of the store. By daylight January 1, 1988 just a pile of molten roof tar. and crumbling brick. It smoldered for 3 days

If you squint...

you can see Atticus Finch's office!

Greensboro!!

Take a look at the Google maps satellite view of Main St. in Greensboro, AL. It sure looks a lot like this street right down to the angle parking.

Moundville etc.

Moundville is in both Hale and Tuscaloosa counties. Haleyville is about 100 miles to the north in Winston County.

Greensboro?

I noticed the store in the foreground - C.A. Johnson & Son. In the 1930 Federal census for Greensboro town there is a Chas. A. Johnson listed as being a variety store merchant (page 43, family 10).

 
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