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Price Davis, 2004 May 25

Identifier: BB-DA0001

Scope and Contents

Charlotte, North Carolina native Price Davis shares his experiences of growing up and living in Charlotte during segregation. Mr. Davis talks about attending Morgan School and Second Ward High School in the Brooklyn neighborhood in Charlotte, and describes teachers and their close relationships with the families of students. He discusses his frequent experiences with racism and racially-based violence as a boy and a young adult, including being discouraged from becoming a lawyer or an artist because of his race, and describes the Charlotte of his youth as like "Mayberry with racism." Mr. Davis recounts leaving Charlotte soon after high school for New York City and his career as a truck driver. He concludes by explaining how he came to forgive discrimination faced in his past and enjoy life.


  • Creation: 2004 May 25

Conditions Governing Access

16 of the 23 interviews that comprise the Era Before Brown v. Board of Education oral history project have been digitized and are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Price Davis was a 83-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at the Second Ward Alumni House in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Lincolnton, North Carolina in 1920. He was educated at Second Ward High School and was employed as a truck driver.


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Repository Details

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

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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