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H. Haywood Robbins papers

Identifier: MS0102

Scope and Contents

Photographs about the "Green Pastures Rally" organized by Robbins and held in Charlotte in 1936 to mark the beginning of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's re-election bid in the South.


  • 1933 - 1969
  • 1936


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical Note

The Green Pastures Rally was organized by Robbins as a gathering of Southern Democrats to honor President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The rally attracted 100,000 spectators along the motorcade route to Memorial Stadium, while an additional 30,000 people filled the stadium. Prominent Democrats from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, and Alabama were present. The September 10, 1936 rally was the official kickoff of Roosevelt's first bid for reelection. According to the Charlotte Observer, the President would be participating in an “old-time Democratic love-feast."

Biographical Note

Henry Haywood Robbins was born in Statesville, N.C. on November 16, 1909. Following his graduation from Duke University in 1932, he opened a law practice in Charlotte, where he also served as a municipal court judge (1933-36). In 1936, he organized the "Green Pastures Rally" to honor President Franklin D. Roosevelt. During World War II, he served as a flag secretary and aide in the U.S. Navy. After the war, he joined J. A. Jones Construction Company of Charlotte as its general counsel (1946-65). In addition, he sat on the North Carolina State Board of Elections (1950-53) and worked as a consultant to NASA (1960-66). Following his tenure with J. A. Jones, Robbins promoted office building projects for Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, N.C. Married to Patricia Eastwood, Robbins died in Charlotte on May 20, 1969.


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Photographic prints related to the "Green Pastures Rally" organized by Robbins and held in Charlotte in 1936 to mark the beginning of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's re-election bid in the South.


The collection is arranged into the following two series:

Photographic prints, 1934-1952 and Oversize photographic prints, 1934-1952

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Patricia Eastwood Robbins, 1984.

Related Materials

Green pastures rally : official souvenir program : Charlotte, N.C., September 10th, 1936. (RARE JK526 1936) Text of Pres. Roosevelt's speech available through the American Presidents Project|uhttp://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=15124 American Legion Memorial Stadium History: http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/Facilities/EventFacilities/Documents/The%20History%20of%20Memorial%20Stadium.pdf Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Green Pastures Rally: http://thepresidentcomestotown.omeka.net/exhibits/show/franklin-d--roosevelt-and-the-
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated