Generations of students mourn 'Bossman'

Posted October 1, 2010

— A Raleigh teacher known as "Bossman" for providing job opportunities to those he trained died Sunday.

George Clifton Exum Sr. was a veteran of World War II who taught construction and masonry to generations as a trade instructor at Washington and J.W. Ligon high schools. He earned his nickname because many of his students went on to become licensed contractors, forming their own businesses.

Exum developed and built Raleigh's first black-owned neighborhood shopping center.

A wake will be held Friday at 6 p.m.  Carlton L. Gray Funeral Chapel, 2810 Kidd Road. A funeral service will be held Saturday at noon at St. Paul AME, 402 W. Edenton St.


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  • bigredtruckman Oct 1, 2010

    I understand and agree with your point, monkeyboy. I think they were simply stating that here to demonstrate that he was a pioneering man man ahead of the times.

  • monkeyboy Oct 1, 2010

    sounds like this guy was pretty awesome.

    still, why is it important that "Exum developed and built Raleigh's first black-owned neighborhood shopping center"?

    seems to be a bit of a racist statement there, wral. is it somehow better since it was 'black-owned'? where are the kudos for the first 'yellow-owned' thing, or the first 'red-owned' thing? or are you just trying to point out that there are too many 'white-owned' things?