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George Wallace, 2004 March 24

Identifier: OH-WA0402

Scope and Contents

George Wallace discusses his life in the Grier Heights neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, and his connection to the Brooklyn neighborhood in Charlotte, also known as Second Ward. Mr. Wallace talks about his deep roots in Grier Heights, including how his grandfather was one of the founders of Grier Heights and his work with a non-profit development corporation working in the community. He also discusses visiting businesses in Brooklyn and its role as a hub of the African American community. He describes how most of the residents and businesses in Brooklyn were forced to relocate during urban renewal in the 1960s and 1970s and how he believes that urban renewal negatively impacted black entrepreneurship and the black community in Charlotte.


  • Creation: 2004 March 24

Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical Note

George A. Wallace was a 61-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place in his office. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1943. He was educated at Second Ward High School, took courses on business administration, and was employed as an executive director of a community development corporation.


30 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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