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Madelyn Wilson, 2002 February 2

Identifier: OH-WI0275

Scope and Contents

Madelyn Wilson describes her experiences growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, particularly as a student in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system as it underwent the process of integration during the late 1960s and early 1970s. She explains how being raised by her grandparents in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Charlotte shaped her understanding of race relations, discrimination, and social conventions. She recounts her experiences during the desegregation of West Charlotte High School in her senior year. Ms. Wilson explains that high tensions and emotions were felt throughout the city as everyone was impacted, both positively and negatively, by the process of school integration and busing.


  • Creation: 2002 February 2

Conditions Governing Access

All 15 interviews in the collection are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual material is closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Madelyn S. Wilson was a 48-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Patterson, New Jersey in 1953. She graduated from Garinger High School in 1971, earned her Associate in Science in Social Services from Central Piedmont Community College in 1995, and was employed as an administrative support assistant within the Engineering Technology department at UNC Charlotte.


90 Minutes

Language of Materials


Repository Details

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

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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