Charles Montgomery Eppes, born Dec. 25, 1857 in Halifax Co., NC to the Rev. Henry Eppes, minister and legislator. Charles entered Shaw University in Raleigh to become a teacher. After receiving his degree, he returned to the east and became a principal throughout many county school districts. He came to Greenville in 1903 as principal of the new colored Graded School and worked hard to raise the standard of living for African Americans in Greenville. In 1921, he taught summer school at the Agricultural and Technology College, Greensboro, NC. He was principal of Fleming Street School until his death on September 30, 1942.