"Give us a park."
It was a simple request from Reverend Elias Brown Holloway in 1939.
Holloway, the first African American postman in Greenville, was an outspoken community leader and civil rights activist.
In a letter to the Greenville Piedmont newspaper dated March 30, 1939, Holloway wrote, "The Negroes of this city have been seeking for some time for an outlet for the surplus energy of their boys and girls, also for people in general. We want the park because we need it. We want the park because our social and recreational life is at stake. Give us a park."
The Southernside and West Greenville communities continued to use a smaller Mayberry Park, but Unity Park will serve to honor Holloway's request 83 years later.