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Freddie Sanders; Christine Sanders, 2005 February 1

Identifier: BB-SA0017

Scope and Contents

Freddie and Christine Sanders reflect on what it was like to be students at the all-black Second Ward High School in Charlotte's Brooklyn neighborhood during segregation in the 1940s and early 1950s. They describe school dances, football games, and extracurricular activities at the school. Mr. Sanders also discusses daily life in Brooklyn and talks about his various jobs as a teenager and young adult, including working in local restaurants and at the Quail Hollow Country Club. Mr. and Mrs. Sanders talk about school desegregation and integration, which came well after they graduated, and describe what it was like for their children to attend integrated schools in Charlotte. The Sanderses' children attended schools close to home, but they describe how some students had to endure long bus rides because of new student assignments to achieve racial balance. During the interview, Mr. and Mrs. Sanders examine and discuss photographs from their time at Second Ward High School.


  • Creation: 2005 February 1

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

Freddie Sanders was an 74-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place in his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Charlotte in 1931. He was educated at Second Ward High School, and was employed as a country club manager. Christine Sanders was an 71-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place in her home in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Charlotte in 1934. She was educated at Second Ward High School, and worked at Delmar Studios and at the Carmel Country Club.


51 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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