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Edward Raymond Zane

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Biographical/Historical note:

Edward R. Zane was born on February 2, 1899 in Arlington, Tennessee. In 1914, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was discharged in 1919 in Washington, D.C. He earned a law degree from Georgetown University in 1921, then completed a master’s in accounting at Pace University two years later. Zane moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1929 to work for Burlington Industries as an accountant. He served as mayor of the town of Hamilton Lakes, which merged with the city of Greensboro in 1957, and then from 1957 to 1961 was a member of the Greensboro City Council. He served as chairman of the mayor's Advisory Committee on Community Relations in 1960, which was integral in securing the desegregation of Woolworth and the Kress stores.

Edward Zane also served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of L. Richardson Memorial Hospital, which served the city's African American community, and was president of the North Carolina A&T State University Foundation. In 1970, he received the Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for his contributions. Zane died on June 24, 1991, at the age of 92.

Items created by this individual or group:
Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with Edward Zane by William Link
Date: February 13, 1987
By: Edward Raymond Zane
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of a February 13, 1987, oral history interview conducted by Eugene Pfaff with Alvin Thomas, Zane recalls the environment for blacks in Greensboro and the results of desegregation...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Edward Zane by William Chafe
Date: 1975
By: Edward Raymond Zane
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This transcript of an oral history interview conducted by William Chafe circa 1975 with Edward Zane primarily documents Zane’s work as the chairman of the Human Relations Committee during the 1960 ...