Alumna Publishes “Images of America” Book

Barbara Taylor, GSEHD MA ’76, has published the book, High Point, which is part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series.

The Images of America series chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country, as told by local authors.

Taylor’s book features High Point, NC. Established in 1859, the city was located at the highest point on the rail line between Charlotte and Goldsboro. High Point’s early growth is credited to it being a crossroads of the Plank Road and railroad, making it a transportation hub.

Known as the “furniture capital of the world,” High Point has always been a manufacturing center, also specializing in textiles and tobacco. Today, the world’s largest furnishings market is held each spring and fall, drawing over 70,000 people. Taylor’s book showcases the rich manufacturing and community history of this North Carolina Triad city.

Taylor is the former president of the High Point Museum. Both as a museum president and community volunteer, she has been involved with several projects, such as the installation of the John Coltrane statue and the inauguration of the International John Coltrane Jazz and Blues Festival in 2011. Images within the pages of High Point have been culled from the High Point Public Library’s Mary Lib Joyce Collection, the High Point Museum’s collection, and local citizens’ personal collections.

Learn more about High Point by visiting the publisher’s website.

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