Black America Series. Cradled at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and once known as the “Textile Center of the South,” Greenville has evolved into a prosperous hub for corporate development and global commerce. Greenville County’s African American community, proud and resourceful, has strong roots dating back to 1770, when blacks helped to carve the county out of an upstate wilderness. The experiences of the black community and its long relationship with whites up to the civil rights movement helped to create the climate for the kaleidoscope of races and cultures in Greenville today. Pub date: 2007.