In 1901 the city of Wilson petitioned the North Carolina legislature asking that their city be the site for a state teacher training school for the eastern counties. Wilson was a likely site with its large tobacco market, thriving center of transportation, and its offer to transform the handsome buildings at Kinsey Seminary into the new normal school. In the several years that followed the rejection of this initial proposal for an eastern normal, 8 additional towns joined in the fray for the schools location. Major players involved local prominent citizens and city and state legislators to push their cause forward. In 1907, in a final round of voting to select the site for an eastern normal, the State Board of Education chose Greenville over Kinston. Greenville provided the largest bond support of all the towns bidding for the school. With a population of approximately 4,500 people, Greenville offered a stop on the railroad, steamboat traffic along the Tar River, and a Western Union office, as well as Home Telephone and Telegraph. Greenville was an up and coming community and the perfect location for the East Carolina Teachers Training School.

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For an Eastern Normal
The Wilson Normal
Delegation from Elizabeth City
An Act to Stimulate High School Instruction in the Public Schools of the State and Teacher Training
Reasons Why the Citizens of Pitt Should Vote in Favor of the School Bonds
Junius D. Grimes, To My Dear Sir
Joseph F. Tayloe to Willima Blount Rodman
James L. to Loula Fleming
Notice to the Voters of Pitt County
William Blount Rodman to Jos. F. Tayloe
No Modifications
M. J. Westbrook to Gov. R. B. Glenn
Greenville's Proposal for ECTTS
Greenville Gets the School, Will Be Located on the Harrington Property
Greenville Gets Training School
Greenville Winner of Training School
Ground Broken for the School
Rules of the Board of Trustees of the East Carolina Teachers' Training School
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