Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Green Pastures Rally
"Your life and mine, though we work in the mill or in the office or in the store, can still be a life in green pastures and beside still waters..." -FDR 9/10/1936
On September 10, 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in Charlotte as the keynote speaker at the Green Pastures Rally. The rally took place at the newly constructed American Legion Memorial Stadium. H. Haywood Robbins organized the event as an opportunity for the South to collectively celebrate the President and his economic policy of the previous four years. Slowly, as the Depression continued on, improvements were noticeable in Charlotte and in the surrounding Southern states. The Green Pastures Rally was a celebration of these gains as the region looked forward to a promising future with President Roosevelt at the helm.