Sixteen images from 2020

Although the COVID-19 pandemic shaped every facet of life throughout 2020, life in Greenville, NC continued on; at times shaped by COVID, yet often as if the pandemic did not exist.  Greenville saw many changes, including closing of non-essential businesses for many months, social unrest and protests, a housing construction boom, completion of a large infrastructure project, removal of a century-old Confederate memorial, and many efforts to return some semblance of normal while maintaining safety and complying with state-mandated COVID-19 regulations.

Despite the pandemic, housing construction continued unabated.  Here, a construction worker trims plywood during a home renovation (March 18, 2020).


Mayor P.J. Connelly signs an emergency “Stop The Spread” order that encourages citizens to stay home and practice recommended safety protocols (March 25, 2020).


Greenville Police, Greenville Fire/Rescue, and Vidant Police gathered Thursday morning to cheer on employees both starting and finishing their work day at Vidant Medical Center to show thanks and appreciation for what local healthcare workers are doing for our community (April 9, 2020).


Citizens march through Uptown Greenville following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis (May 31, 2020).


Engineers inspect a new section of underground culvert as the Town Creek Culvert project nears completion (June 13, 2020).


Teens were able to experience flying in a state-of-the-art flight simulator as part of STEM week at one of a handful of summer camps offered during 2020 (July 24, 2020).


A City of Greenville Public Works crew installs ADA-compliant crosswalks on E 10th St where numerous pedestrian injuries and fatalities have occurred (August 28, 2020).


The bronze statue that stood atop a memorial to Confederate soldiers is secured for transport as the sun begins to rise.  Crews worked throughout the night to remove the statue, choosing to work over night out of concerns for safety.  The monument stood in front of the Pitt County Court House for more than a century before county commissioners voted to remove and relocate it (June 22, 2020).


A City of Greenville Transit employee applies disinfectant to commonly-touched surfaces as part of the City’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (November 4, 2020).


The Tar River level sits at 19.87 feet on Monday, November 11, 2020 following heavy rains associated with tropical storm Eta last week. While the current river level will likely be among the top five highest crests measured on the Tar River in Greenville, it is still 10 feet lower than levels were following hurricane Floyd in 1999 (29.74 feet) and 4.5 feet lower than hurricane Matthew in 2016 (24.46 feet).


The completed “Unite Against Racism” mural located on W 1st Street at Greenville Town Common (December 14, 2020).


Santa and Mrs. Clause wave to passing cars during Greenville’s “drive through” Christmas parade (December 5, 2020).


Sergeant Williams, School Resource Officer and head of Greenville PD’s Police Athletic League (PAL) program, helps a student try on a coat at South Greenville Recreation Center on Friday, December 18. Each PAL student was able to fill a bag with toys and get a new winter coat for Christmas, thanks to donations by the Greenville Noon Rotary and NC National Guard.

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