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Carrie Graves, 2005 April 20

Identifier: BB-GR0020

Scope and Contents

Carrie Graves describes her experience growing up in Cherry, a predominantly African American neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, and her education at the segregated Morgan Elementary School and Second Ward High School during the 1940s through 1960s, with emphasis on parent-teacher relationships both inside and outside the classroom. Other topics discussed include Ms. Graves's views on the lack of social equality in American society, transportation challenges her children faced during school desegregation, and her views on how contemporary public education might be improved.


  • Creation: 2005 April 20

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 / Historical

Carrie Graves was a 69-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at Samaritan House on the YWCA campus in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Charlotte in 1936. She was educated at Morgan Elementary School, studied Culinary Arts at Central Piedmont Community College and attended classes at the University of Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was employed in Charlotte in a number of careers, including owner of Cherry's Kitchen, assistant director of Samaritan House, and child care provider.


72 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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