Saw them doing prep work for a sign this morning so figured it would go up this afternoon. Sure enough, about 3:30: Sign330

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The Winston-Salem what? Went back out about 5:00 PM: Sign508

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Well, that will raise the tone of the neighborhood a bit. I’m sure that the Spring House next door will be happy to have them, and so will we, when we finally get back.


Francis Fries

The Winston-Salem Foundation was established in 1919 with a gift of $1000 by Col. Francis Fries, the president of Wachovia Bank & Trust Company. In the mid-1920s, Leo Caldwell was killed playing in a football game at Hanes Park between Reynolds High School and Charlotte High School. Shortly thereafter, an anonymous letter to the editor appeared in the Twin City Sentinel suggesting that citizens contribute to the Winston-Salem Foundation in Leo’s name, triggering an outpouring of generosity seldom seen before. Today, the foundation’s assets total about $358 million. For 95 years they have been making a big difference in many areas of our community. Certainly, they have given many of us poor boys and girls a running start at a college education.


After his death, his classmates dedicated the November 1923 issue of the school literary magazine, Black & Gold, to Leo Caldwell.

They will be holding a community open house and 95th birthday celebration in their new home on Sunday, October 12 from 2-5 PM. No invitation, no RSVP required, just drop in and find out what they do for our community.

A historical tidbit: Leo Caldwell’s sister, Annie Graham Caldwell, served as the librarian at R. J. Reynolds High School for many years. During all that time, she also served as the spirit of the student body. She kept a portrait of her brother in a prominent place. Last time I was in the renovated media center, it was still there.

Annie Graham Caldwell graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School in June, 1924.