Remembering early African American citizens of Garner: Allen Haywood and Hollie Roundtree Haywood
Allen Haywood, who was born about 1842, was a school teacher, husband, and father who purchased an acre of land on Main Street in Garner from Eli Dupree in 1877 and built his home on that site. Mr. Haywood was married to Hollie Roundtree, who was born about 1845. Their children were Carrie, Braznel, James Edgar, Martha E., George H., David E., and Daisy V. Haywood. Their family home stood on the site of the new Garner Recreation Center.
During Women's History Month,GAHS recognizes these women who were some of the "firsts" in their fields in Garner's history:
Dr. Bessie Lane, from the Auburn Community, who graduated from The Woman's Medical College in Philadelphia in 1921. Dr. Lane was one of the first female doctors at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, and in 1940 was the chief of staff of Psychiatry.
Portia Banks, who was one of the public library founders in Garner. Evelyn Stevens and Rosemary Carmichael were also key leaders in this effort, initially sponsored by the Garner Woman's Club.
Kay B. Daughtry, who was the first female elected to the Board of Aldermen (now Town Council) of Garner.
Mary Lou R. Todd was the first female Town Manager of Garner.