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Urban Renewal OK'd After Angry Exchange
Enterprise City Editor
* City I .an-.-iltiv-n today voted
0-3 In (as or tf a resolution putting the Council on record aa
tupporltn ; iii.il Ho—it's urban
renewal  project.
The vote came altrr a heated
two-hour debate at Ihe slart of
■■ oHlrl.il rarrtlng ol Use Gain-
Votiiit I 	
tion   were   Couacllm
Clapp.   BUI   llenclnl
of  the   rrsolu
ire.     .Shrlton.
Virgil  Car-
ui  r.shrlm-* Jr. and
I The rrsoiulion state! the
I Council "ratifies, altlrma and
fully supports the Urban Ite.
n.ual Plan lor the East Central Area, raldh-s the cooperation agreement, and affirms
Hut th.- I Ity of High Point will
fully honor the said cooperation agreement and rxprdlte the
execution ot the 1 project I In the
ties, Inter—.1 of ill the rlUzens
at  High  Point."
A debate over urban renewal
exploded to the City Council'
chamber today into charge* of
.collusion   and   personal  gain.
— Mayor Floyd Mehan charged
that he wa* being "gagged" by
other Council members in his attempt to state his opposition to
the city's urban renewal project.
— Harriss Jarrell, an attorney
who is leading a court fight
against the project, shouted to
councilmen that he would have
them tubpoenoed before the courts
"and drag out your personal interest in this matter."
The debate was touched off
when a resolution was introduced,
putting the Council on record as
supporting the renewal project.
The resolution offered by Councilman   Paul   Clapp   in   committee
5 to 3  ballot
Mehan and two councilmen.
John Eshelman and Lawrence
Hancock, both of whom ran on
Mehan'! ticket in the city primaries, cast the negative votes.
The resolution came up again
in today's official Council session
for ratification.
It was apparent that both sides
had come prepared for battle.
Tb* Council chamber was about
one fourth full of spectators, all
of whom apparently had an interest in the resolution.
The toughest stand was taken
by Jarrell. In rafterringing oratory, he insinuated that two mem
bers of the Council, Clapp and
Bill Bencini, had personal interest in urban renewal.
"I don't want to build Clapp a
new factory," he declared angrily.
He charged also that City Attorney Knox Walker and John
Haworth, attorney for the Rede-
lopment Commission, had mislead the Council in advising that
a vote on urban renewal would be
legal. "They're both together," he
He stated that Haworth stood
to sell a law office in which he
has interest for $70,000 as a result
of the urban renewal project.
"He accused Haworth and Walk
er of "taking a law from the
books and prostituing it."
Jarrell aimed his attack at a
portion of the renewal project
which calls for redevelopment of
a part of the downtown business
area. In regard to a proposed
plaza, he said: "The luxury
plaza' cannot by all reason be
classified as a necessary expense.
Hunter Dalton Jr , chairman of
the Redevelopment Commission,
protested to the Council what he
termed as Jarrell's injection of
"personalities" into the discussion.
Prices quoted by Jarrell on
properties to be bought "arc completely out of order," he said. The
I prices have not been fixed,  he
He told councilmen, "I regret
that this Council has been intimidated and browbeaten in their
honest efforts to support urban
renewal" The project is "misunderstood by those who choose to
misunderstand it," he said.
A letter was presented to the
Council indicating objections to
the project by Southern Railway
Co. Horace Haworth, attorney for
the rail firm, presented the letter. It put the company on record as being opposed to covering
of Southern tracks in the downtown area. As a taxpayer, the
letter noted, the company is opposed to the urban renewal plan.
| It asked Council for hearing af-
jter conclusions can be made on
the basis of full specifications of
Ithe project.
Speaking in favor of the project were two ministers of Negro J
FRIDAY, JINK 7, 19(53
SECTION B|^;";a,   „„,,„
Photographer Tells
Of Night's Events
A! Told To
I was home with my wife
and children Thursday night
when, shortly after » o'clock
1 received a call a race riot
I picked Dirk up at The
Enterprise office building.
-By 0:30, we wore In Lexington.
A* we drove Into town.
Main Street »ppcarcd drtert-
,-d. Ther* didn't seem to ho
anything going on.
Than, on a side street, one
block  off  Main,  we  saw  a
I parked the ear near the
old court hum building. With
our vnmvt.it. D-* and I
headed toward the crowd.
•'••May olas.' with me,' 1 tultl
When     wa     arrived, the
Across the street. ba<
the shadows, was a tm
crowd of Negroes. I red
suddenly rocks and be
were being thrown back)
forth across the street.
Then. 1 heard shooting.
Suddenly, tho crowd was
rushing and gathering before
llu- ugn of an insurance office nearby. Someone had
fallen on the street. I did not
know whether the man had
boon shot or not. Immediately. I bad my camera up
to lake a picture. Dick wa*
also shooting pictures.
I made one picture and
had my camera up lor another when I felt something
hit my back. I never felt
anything to hot. 1 heard
what sounded like more
shooting. 1 dropped my camera and doubled over, hold-
ing my back.
Dick was betide me.
"What's th* matter Art?" be
asked. "Ar* you hurt?"
The crowd was running
then, breaking up. I tried to
get across the street, but I
staggered and fell. Chief
Deputy Sheriff Vic Parks
caught me. I was scared
Things became a little
hazy alter that, although I
never   lost   consciousness.   I
was taken to the Lexington
hospital, where I was x-
rayed. Then. I was rushed
by ambulance to High Point
Memorial Hospital.
More x-rays thowed the
wound was not as serious as
first believed. I was feeling
right much pain, though, and
was given a sedative. I may
have been acting a little silly
then, giggling, from the pain
and the tedattve. Every 15
minutes, a nurse came to
check my pulse and my
blood pressure.
My wife was there. It was
good to see her.
They had me up at 6 30
this morning, moving and
walking around. The soreness was terrific at first, but
after moving around some,
the soreness was gone.
Now. I feel pretty good.
They tell me the bullet entered just under my right
shoulder and ranged slightly downward across my back
to lodge in muscle fiber on
my left tide.
The doctor says he it going to leave the bullet in me,
which is all right with me.
Except that is a beck of a
way for a man to carry such
a souvenir around.
minister of ■ a Negro church,
pleaded for the project on its
merits as a slum eradicator. "I
am disgusted with the opinions of
people when it comes to spending
money." He urged the Council to
use any means of finding money
to proceed with the project.
A petition containing the names
of 481 Negro residents of the project area were presented to favor
of the project by Rev. Edgar F.
Jones. The Negro minister presented endorsements from three
Negro groups, including the Ministers Fellowship and the Professional Men's Club.
The Redevelopment Commission
attorney, John Haworth, told the
Council that "there is absolutely
no law providing for a referen-
d—do" on urban renewal projects.
Neither does the law make provisions for the expense of such a
vote, he said.
Citizens look to the Council to
make such decision, he observed.
He pointed out that annually the
city budgets allocations to such
operations as the airport and dog
pound, from nontax revenues.
"You won't submit all those
things to a vote of the people,"
he said.
A representative of t h e local
League of Women Voter* reaffirmed the league's favorable position on the urban renewal project.
Rossie Gardner, solicitor of the
High Point Municipal Court,
spoke against the project. He reminded Council that they were
considering a program started by
the previous administration. He
contended that the voters showed
by ousting the old administration
that they did not favor urban renewal.
He said he was not taking a
stand on the merits or failings of
urban renewal and that he was
speaking as a private citizen.
The bloc of councilmen favoring passage of the resolution
moved, after getting it on tbe
floor, for a vote without discus-
Mehan charged that the councilmen were trying to use a "gag
rule." Tbe motion for a vote without discussion was withdrawn voluntarily after it was learned that
spectators wanted to be beard.
Mehan later explained his negative position on the resolution, he
said the city does not have the
money "to go into it (tbe project)
without issuing bonds or raising
taxes." He said his position on
the urban renewal had been misunderstood. "I am 100 per cent
for slum clearance," he said, but
added: "I won't say urban renewal is the proper methods •
"The people have spoken the
only way they could by electing
me when they knew I was against
urban renewal; that is, not residential, but downtown urban re-
Inewal." ho said.
As soon as physicians had completed
their examination of bis wounds, Enterprise Photographer Art Richardson
wanted to know the status of, his camera
which struck the pavement when Rich
ardson collapsed. Lying in his hospital
bed, he verifies for himself that there
was no damage. Film from it, produced
photos of the riot (see Page IA).
Photo by Dick Swalm)
Holt MePherson
Perry Jones
Tells Club    ' ™
Of Travels
Perry Jones. Marine Corps veteran and latter day globe-trotter,
related to tbe Rotary Club yesterday th* Mary of an unorthodox
world tour winch he made to 1081-
ow-tag hi* Kt
year ot teaching tn take a trip
around the world on a bicycle,
and set out
Crossing th* Channel by ferry,
he proceeded to Paris, toured the
Creese. Turkey, SyH     	
Persia. Pakistan and India.
Walking at times, hitching rides
at othert. and travelling by sea
when necessary, he com
journey through Ceylon.
Thailand. Hong Kong. Jj
finally to Australia.
Leaving the [alter con
by way
Major-General Capus M. Waynick, who has rendered outstanding
service to this community at a critical moment by his able chairmanship of the Biracial Committee nearing completion of its report, was pleased with the open meeting held Monday night but
wishes there had been a stronger representation of business people.
As he views the situation, the business community has a tremendous stake in this city's handling of a problem that calls for characterful leadership if this city is to measure up to the challenge of its
stature as an All-America city. And business men cannot keep their
heads, ostrich-like, in the sand while decisions that affect their own
and this community's future relationships are being undertaken.
There has been too much ugliness manifested already in something that calls for men of good will to manifest the kind of leadership that keeps either extreme from wagging the structure or crushing between them those moderates who must awake to danger before
it is too late.
The Biracial Committee has worked faithfully to point a course
of sanity and fairness in present and future race relationships. It
calls for strong support from those who believe in peace and order
as necessary to the well-being of this community and those who wish
lo live and work peacefully in a High Point that can tl) face up to
responsibility and justify its good name, or 121 surrender to anarchy
in which no one nor anything is safe.
That decision ought to be easily undertaken and fully Implemented. '
Our city It coming to for good national publicity with the
film "I Married a Millionaire" which had it* premiere here
last night at a dinner given by Metropolitan Life Insurance
i'ompany. The occasion honored Mr. and Mrs. G..K. "Got**
Schulteiss and Mr. and Mrs. D. Brantley Bucks, stars of the
promotional film which will be shown throughout the country..
Incidentally, Mr. Schulteiss, who made the Million-Dollar Club
six years ago and has continued doing so each year because "it's
expected of me," attained that status for
A cruising highway patrol car sweeps
past a group of white men, standing on
the sidewalk in Lexington. Large groups
continued to stand on the street along
the full length of Lexington's Main
Street late into the night after earlier
rioting which resulted in the slaying of
onenian and the wounding of a oho-
tographer. At left, firemen unroll a
length of hose, used to disperse crowds
during the rioting. These photos were
made by Enterprise Jgha1- §J!pher Dick
Swaim after his fcirmv pnotographer had
been taken to a hospital with a bullet in
his back.
gram and
Biracial Committee Close
To Making Recommendations
and J. a
ville. Bill
The High Point Biracial t'om-
'te* last Bight was reported
lose to making recommend-
|ons" toward easing race con-
made to I
matter _wh
At least one local organization hat indicated it will make
a presentation at the hearing.
Waynick said
The scheduling of the hearing was announced last week
at a meeting of the biracial
committee. The committee was
advised then that a local chap-
gress of Racial Equality, said
CORE officials have agreed to
make the effective termination
date of the suspension Wednesday, instead of tomorrow.
When CORE officials announced the two - week truce
on May 29, a Wednesday, they
       said it was retroactive to the
 Jarolina De-    previous Monday. The suspen-
States Rights Inc.,    sion thus would have expired
Integration group, has    tomorrow.
N ■**• The suspension   came   three
lie. a two - day ex- days after the City Council had
a suspension of dern- created the biracial committee,
i by Negroes has re- A demonstration on the eve of
ten arranged. the suspension was marked by
rngford.  attorney for   violence,
chapter of the Con-       Members  of  the  committee
have  reportedly
most daily Jtjnp
conferred al-
on grievances
o      populace.
ie table,
work foJ
tee as "
• spots"
of discrim-
have been
held with operators   of   some
High Point businesses-
Four Negroes are serving on
the   12  -   member   committee.
Langford is a member.
Sandra   Fowler  of  Roxboro,   the  Person  County   entry,  was
crowned the Greensboro area Dairy Princess yesterday at a
pi luncheon at Sedgefield Inn.   With her is the runner-up, Beth
Garrison of Route 2, Burlington, the Alamance County entry.               
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