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By RUTHELL HOWARD
An old friend will be leaving us soon.
Its walls cracked, its furniture and fixtures worn more
from use than abuse, and its exterior chipped and
weatherbeaten, the aging Patterson Avenue YMCA will
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Winston Lake Y on Waterworks Road, is completed in
The Y and lot were bought by R.J. Reynolds Industries
Inc. and will be demolished to make room for the expansion
of Reynolds' downtown tobacco operation.
Though the structure will be gone, the struggle to get a
black Y in Winston-Salem will not be forgotten. Nor will
the contributions it ma^e to the city's black community.
-'I saw that building go up," says Marshall Hairston, a
board member who has Worked with the Y for at least 40
years. "I have some mixed emotions, but I think I can
overcome those emotions because the younger generation
will have something to look forward to (in the new Y)."
Built and dedicated in 1953, the Patterson Y is the
result of both determination and cooperation among
blacks and whites and the vision of dedicated black Y
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The city's black branch YMCA was organized in 1911
in the Old Depot Street School, which was destroyed by
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The sounds of progress pierce the air
downtown: Hammers clang as workers place
steel beams to support the Winston Plaza
Hotel, now ^ndeT^construction on Cherry
The sights of progress are evident, too: Peo
Hple on congested Trade Street en route to
Fourth Street weave between construction
trucks. Tuxedo-clad workers rush in and out of
the recently-opened Encore Restaurant in the
School of the Arts Roger L. Stevens Center for
the Performing Arts on Fourth Street, which
itself will open to the public Friday evening.
Businessmen confer over lunch in the Park
Place Restaurant in the newly-remodeled
Sawtooth Center for Visual Design as others
visit the center's art displays. Meanwhile,
small-time entrepreneurs wander in and out of
their corner stores, sizing up the human traffic
and the number of prospective customers.
The sights and sounds show promise of a new
downtown, as do plans by tbe First Stevens
Limited Partnership to build, tfffices,
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A campaign was then launched to raise funds to pur
chase a Patterson Avenue building to be the futurf home
of the YMCA in the black community and a facility for
black YWCA use as well. The $25,000 building fund
campaign was to finance the construction of a new facili- |||
ty, complete with a gym, auditorium, swimming pool and ^
"other modern facilities."
Y board members said in an open letter to the community
that the new facility would provide "an oppor- S9HKH
tunity for boys and men to meet in a club-like atmosphere,
play and enjoy the guidance of trained
leaders" and a social and entertainment institution for S
returning black soldiers from World War II.
Pledges toward the cause mounted to $38,373, but only
$5,067 of the promised money was raised.
The excited YMCA Board of Directors had put up a i#
"Watch This Site" sign on the Patterson Avenue lot.
People from the community watched and watched for 20
years, and the weatherbeaten sign eventually fell down.
The new Y was not built.
"We \Vere in a denression and DeoDle iust didn't have
the money and jobs were not what they are today," says I
funeral home owner and director Clark S. Brown, who I
served two terms as chairman of the YMCA board in the
40s and has worked with the Patterson Avenue YMCA The Patterson i
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tonsikctomy and thek than whites
fa hernia can be treat-I - A 1979 staustlcal s,udv conducted by the NajV
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ambulatory sity? indicates that the death rate (per 100,000)
nters V among black males far exceeds that of white
males and the same holds true for black females
\ maintain good health when compared to white females.
the proper rest, dailyh Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and liver
Mting the right foods diseases are the leading causes of death among
f a doctor and denttBt black males and have drastically lowered the
ice a year Your body cxpectancies ^oth b\ack m*ies and
Over you, SO resptct' Qn t^c average, blacks can expect to live 68
?jj years while the average life span of whites is 74
I years. And with a higher incidence of stress, the
average life span of blacks can be expected to
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buildings on Holly Avenue, as well as 350-space
parking deck to accommodate the expansion.
But what will downtown's rebirth hold for
the average Winston resident?
As far as dinino is rnn^rnpH thp tu/n Infect
additions to the downtown's restaurant scene
may give an indication. The Encore Restaurant
offers continental cuisine that can range from
"One of the most important things we
can do to bring downtown back to life
is to bring people downtown. If you've
got housing downtown, then that's
where the people are. "
? Alderman Larry Womble
to $6.95 per person for lunch and from
$12.50 to $17.95 per person for dinner. Wines
cost from $1.95 to $2.95 a glass and from $8 to
$90 a bottle. At
Park Place, lunch ranges from $1.95 for a
hot dog to $6.75 for sea scallops and dinner
from $6 to $8.75 per plate.
As far as entertainment goes, the opening of
the Stevens Center will cost as much as $250 per
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drop even more.
Reasons for the high rate of deaths range
' from environmental conditions to economic
status to poor dietary habits to just plain
The main factor, however, appears to be a
general lack of adequate health care and
Locally, black physicians say they have noticed
a significant decrease in the number of
blacks seeking medical care in recent years.
Much of the reason, they say, can be attributed
to the economic conditions. Food, clothing and
shelter are higher on their priority lists than an
annual visit to the doctor for a checkup or a
yearly dental appointment.
"We have experienced a significant decrease
in the number of blacks seeking medical care,"
says Dr. Thomas Clarke, a private obstetrician/gynecologist
for the past 19 years. "How
much of that is due to neglect and how much is
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person, and though there are a few less expensive
restaurants and entertainment options
available, the revitalization trend seems most
recently to be disturbingly high-priced, say
Southeast Ward Alderman Larty Womble
says that downtown has few activities other
than shopping for the low- to middle-income
resident. "I'm talking about normal activities
that would make downtown attractive to the
average citizen," Womble says. "There is not
even a good movie going on, and at one time,
there were five movie theaters. Those movies
moved out just like everybody else did and went
to the suburbs and the shopping centers."
Womble feels that, besides another hotel and
arts and cultural activities, downtown needs
apartments other than the luxury units to be
built on the top five floors of the Stevens
He says he recalls the "old downtown,"
where people used to live, get haircuts, watch
movies, go to restaurants or visit friends.
"One of the most important things that we
can do to bring downtown back to life again is
to bring people downtown," Womble says. "If
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due to the economy, I can't really say. But I'm
sure the economy plays a great role.1'
"Basically, I would have to say there has
been a decrease," adds Dr. Jonathan Weston,
another ob/gyn specialist. "I've talked with
several physicians who practice internal
medicine and they say their practice is down."
"Yes, economics does play a part in medical
care," says Dr. Ernest Young, a private physician
who specializes in internal medicine. "But
it's not necessarily black costs versus white
costs. It affects everybody, regardless of
Dr. Raymond Oliver, a local dentist who has
been in practice for 20 years, says he has seen j
20-percent decline in patients seeking dental
care over the last two years.
"It's harpl for people to understand prevention
when they have to tisrt think in terms ot
food, clothing and shelter," says Dr. Willard