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Elaine Lynch, 2004 April 27

Identifier: BB-LY0008

Scope and Contents

Elaine Lynch discusses her home and family life while growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina during the 1940s and 1950s. She recounts attending York Road High School and other segregated schools; interactions with white children; spending summers in Fayetteville, North Carolina; social gatherings during high school; segregation in her neighborhood and on city buses; and her introduction and continued activism in civil rights. Other topics discussed include reconnecting with her estranged father as an adult, then ending the relationship; the roots of the Civil Right Movement in black churches; and her impression of people's attitudes towards segregation in Charlotte. While Ms. Lynch generally views integration favorably, she also shares her belief that integration has also negatively impacted the self-esteem and pride of African American youth to a degree.


  • Creation: 2004 April 27

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

Elaine Lynch was a 61-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at her home in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1942. She attended Johnson C. Smith University and was employed as a telephone collector.


85 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
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Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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