Winston Salem, NC

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Board to approve new streets

1913

Health Department proposed and new city hospital built

1914

Street names and numbers and Property for school purchased

1916

Sunday blue laws

1917

City Departments established and Board of Censors established

1918

Request for black police officers and School and Municipal bond issue passes

1919

Land donated for new high school and Proposal for Baptist Hospital approved

1920

White and colored districts defined

1922

City-County building suggested

1923

Construction of Wiley School approved

1924

Building Inspector’s Office

1925

Municipal Board of Health created

1926

Schools bonds pass overwhelmingly

1927

George Coan elected Mayor

1929

Depression causes Mayor to request budget cuts

1930

WPA projects begin

1933

City Armory and Safety Zones established around Court House Square

1934

School tax election and Hall of History building constructed

1935

Money donated for the construction of Reynolds Memorial Hospital

1936

Henry Fries- First Citizen of Salem

1937

City and County tax departments consolidated

1938

Welfare and Relief agencies consolidated

1939

Reynolds resigns to join the Navy

1942

City hires first African-American police officers

1944

Mayor proposes for giving taxes of those in the armed forces

1945

Blue laws discussed

1946

C.E. Perkins appointed first City Manager

1948

City hires first African-American firefighters

1950

Change in Election Day

1953

City and County voter registration consolidated

1955

Voting Machines purchased

1960

City Flag adopted

1962

Law to protect historic buildings enacted

1965

Civil unrest in November

1967

Court system no longer part of city government

1968

First woman department head named

1969

Franklin Shirley elected Mayor

1970

Ernestine Wilson-First female Alderman

1971

Public Safety concept implemented

1972

Alderman Holcomb resigns after bribery conviction

1973

Wayne Corpening elected Mayor

1977

Human Relations Commission and Community Development Department created

1978

Lester Ervin named first African-American fire chief

1980

City Secretary killed

1982

Vision 2005 plan adopted

1987

Martha Wood elected the city’s first female Mayor

1989

All Sunday blue laws repealed

1994

Tom Griffin appointed Assistant City Manager

1995

Devin Anguiano was born

1997

Major bond referendum failed

1998

Linda Davis first women as Police Chief

1999

Major bond referendum passed

2000

Legacy Comprehensive Plan adopted

2001

State action forces massive budget cuts

2002

Aldermen now known as Members of Council

2003