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The road that runs past Grimsley High now honors Josephine Boyd, the first black student to integrate the school

The road that runs past Grimsley High now honors Josephine Boyd, the first black student to integrate the school

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GREENSBORO — When students pull into Grimsley High School, they now travel on North Josephine Boyd Street instead of Westover Terrace.

City workers installed new street signs earlier this month after Greensboro City Council last year voted to make the name change to honor Boyd, the first black student to integrate what is now known as Grimsley High School.

The former North and South Aycock streets and part of Westover Terrace (the total area goes from West Florida Street to West Wendover Avenue) are now North Josephine Boyd Street and South Josephine Boyd Street. The section from Wendover Avenue north remains Westover Terrace.

Josephine Boyd Bradley, who died in 2015, became the first black student to attend the all-white Greensboro High, now Grimsley, in 1957.

Lewis Brandon, a longtime community activist, had asked the council to rename a one-mile segment of the street from Gate City Boulevard (where it was Aycock) to West Wendover Avenue (where it is Westover). Brandon said his request had nothing to do with the controversy about the Aycock name. Former Gov. Charles B. Aycock (1901-1905) played a central role in building a long-lasting system of white supremacy known as Jim Crow. Brandon said his goal was honoring Bradley for the key role she played in the local civil rights movement.

The change was expected to cost the city $15,000, to replace street signs and make other administrative changes.

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