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Dorothy Shipman, Walter Kennedy, and Mary McGill, 2004 March 11

Identifier: OH-SH0396

Scope and Contents

In this group interview, Dorothy Shipman, Walter "Buck" Kennedy, and Mary S. McGill share their memories of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Charlotte, also known as Second Ward, as well as their experiences with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. The interviewees discuss economic conditions in Brooklyn, businesses such as the Lincoln Theater, and how urban renewal in the 1960s prompted many of Brooklyn's residents to move to west Charlotte. All three interviewees joined Friendship Missionary Baptist Church between the late 1940s to early 1950s, and describe their involvement in church activities including the choir and the Baptist Training Union.


  • Creation: 2004 March 11

Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical Note

Dorothy G. Shipman was a 78-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Charlotte in 1926. She graduated from high school and was employed as a children's photography developer for Delmar Studio.Walter "Buck" Kennedy was a 63-year-old man at the time of interview. He was born in Charlotte in 1940. He graduated from Northwest Junior High School and was employed with BASF. Mary S. McGill was a 77-year-old woman at the time of interview. She was born in 1927.


61 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
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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