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Theresea Elder [3], 2004 March 7

Identifier: OH-EL0376

Scope and Contents

Thereasea Elder shares her memories of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, also known as Second Ward, as well as the Greenville neighborhood where she grew up. She talks about the United House of Prayer for All People and its role in the African American community in Charlotte and attending Second Ward High School. She discusses in detail race relations in Charlotte, including the integration of health care facilities and services, how white families viewed the House of Prayer parade, the Ku Klux Klan, and police-community relations. Ms. Elder recounts details of her career as a nurse, particularly integration of health care facilities in Charlotte. She also spoke of the African-American experience post-urban renewal.


  • Creation: 2004 March 7

Conditions Governing Access

3 of the 57 interviews have been digitized and are available in the digital repository.

Biographical Note

Thereasea Elder was a 77-year-old woman at the time of interview. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1927. She was educated at Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing (Durham, North Carolina), Livingstone College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was employed as a nurse.


70 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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