Lincoln City Reunion Proclamation

WHEREAS, in 1898, Lincoln Barnett bought three parcels of land which soon became the economic center for black-owned businesses and schools; and,

WHEREAS, Lincoln City was first created around 1914 when black residents of then segregated Kinston began purchasing small plots of land in the southeast part of town and building houses; and,

WHEREAS, Lincoln City was initially comprised of three blocks along Oak, Lincoln, and University Streets; and,

WHEREAS, Lincoln City witnessed a major catastrophe in 1999 with Hurricane Floyd where several homes were destroyed and damaged structures were demolished while residents moved to other parts of Kinston and La Grange; and,

WHEREAS, Lincoln City former residents have met annually since 2008 on Memorial Day weekend to reflect and celebrate the pride and history of their childhood and the loving, kind, but disciplined upbringing within the tight Lincoln City community; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BJ Murphy, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of Kinston, do hereby applaud the Lincoln City Reunion for their pride and proudly proclaim the weekend that coincides with Memorial Day as

“Lincoln City Reunion Celebration”

IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Official Seal of the City of Kinston this the 27th day of May, in the year of our Lord, two thousand and twelve.

BJ Murphy, Mayor