C.B. Covington Cabin

Green Book Category
Cabins
Years Listed
1951-1954
Region
Piedmont South
County
Richmond

 

C.B. Covington Cabin was listed in the Green Book from 1951-1954. It was listed as “C.B. Covington, North Yard” under “Cabins” in Hamlet from 1951-1953; as “C.B. Covington, North Yard” in the motels section of the vacation guide in Hamlet, NC in 1954; and as “C.B. Covington, North Yard” under “Cabins” in Hamlet in the regular 1954 edition.1
    
While the owner of the C.B. Covington Cabin has not been definitively established, the only person by that name living in Hamlet during this time period was Clarence Burns Covington, the owner of a retail grocery store who lived near Covington Filling Station in Mark’s Creek.2

Clarence Burns Covington was born in Richmond County, North Carolina in 1905. He married Shelly Marie Elliot in 1931 and the couple settled in Hamlet. They had one daughter. C.B. Covington passed away in 1967.3

C.B. Covington Cabin was located in North Yard, a small, African American community north of Hamlet, now known as Dobbins Heights. An exact address is not provided in the Green Book.4

Essay by Brandie K. Ragghianti, 2022

Notes

1. Victor Green, 1951 Green Book, 54; Green, 1952 Green Book, 54; Green, 1953 Green Book, 54; Victor Green, 1954 Green Book, 7; Victor Green, 1954 Green Book, 53.

2. 1950 United States Federal Census, Longwood Park, Mark’s Creek, Richmond County, North Carolina, digital image s.v. “Clarence Covington,” accessed from www.ancestry.com

3. Clarence Burn Covington, 20 December 1905, Richmond County, NC Delayed Birth Certificate, North Carolina, U.S. Birth Indexes, 1800-2000, accessed from www.ancestry.com; 1910 United States Federal Census, Wolf Pit, Richmond, North Carolina, digital image s.v. “Clarance Covington,” accessed from www.ancestry.com; 1940 United States Federal Census, Hamlet, Richmond, North Carolina, digital image s.v. “Clarence Covington,” accessed from www.ancestry.com; 1950 United States Federal Census, Longwood Park, Richmond, North Carolina, digital image s.v. “Clarence Covington,” accessed from www.ancestry.com; Clarence B. Covington and Shelly Marie Elliot, October 9, 1931, Craven County, North Carolina, U.S. Marriage Records, 1741-2011, accessed from www.ancestry.com; “C.B. Covington,” (obituary), The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), May 31, 1967, digital p. 17, accessed from www.newspapers.com

4. “Dobbin Heights,” [sic] Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dobbins_Heights,_North_Carolina; “A Brief History of Dobbins Heights,” Dobbins Heights municipal webpage, http://www.dobbinsheights.com/.

Did you know?

  • This entry was listed in multiple ways in various Green Book editions: 

    • 1951-1953: Listed as “C.B. Covington, North Yard” under “Cabins” in Hamlet on two lines, all capital letters, bold, and bigger font.
    • 1954: Entry listed twice in this Green Book edition. First listed as  “C.B. Covington, North Yard” in the motels section of the vacation guide in Hamlet, NC, and listed again as “C.B. Covington, North Yard,” under “Cabins.” in the same geographic location.