GREENSBORO — The dedication for a controversial highway marker for the "Greensboro Massacre" has been set for May 24.
Five people were killed in a confrontation between the Ku Klux Klan and the Communist Workers Party on Nov. 3, 1979 at the Morningside Homes public housing complex. Eleven people were injured in the shootout at Carver and Everitt streets.
In December, the N.C. Highway Historical Marker Advisory Committee — a group of 10 historians — unanimously approved a marker to commemorate the event.
But some Greensboro City Council members balked at the use of "massacre" in describing the events of that day, preferring the use of “shooting” or “shoot-out.”
Five people were killed and 10 injured in the 1979 Klan-Nazi shootings in the Morningside Homes community.
Although the state committee didn't need the City Council's approval, it indicated it would not place the marker without it.
After weeks of controversy over the wording, the City Council voted 7-2 on Feb. 3 to approve the marker’s language to include "Greensboro Massacre."
The marker, which likely will go up in April, commemorates the Nov. 3, 1979, Klan-Nazi shootings at the former Morningside Homes.
After the roadside unveiling, there will be a reception and reflection event at the church, Wegner said.