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Cleo Yongue, 2004 March 29

Identifier: OH-YO0405

Scope and Contents

Cleo A. Yongue recounts her thirty-six year career as a nurse for the Mecklenburg County Health Department and her experiences in the Brooklyn community in Charlotte, North Carolina, also known as Second Ward. She describes her work as an African American nurse in the Mecklenburg County Health Department during segregation, which included performing house calls, school visits, and working in maternity and well baby clinics in Brooklyn. Other topics include transportation around Charlotte, integration in the workplace, and how urban renewal affected Brooklyn and Charlotte's African American community.


  • Creation: 2004 March 29

Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical Note

Cleo A. Yongue was a 90-year-old woman at the time of the interview, which took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Darlington, South Carolina in 1914. She graduated with a Certificate in Public Health and was employed as a visiting field nurse for the Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Health Department and a school nurse at Myers Street Elementary and Second Ward High School.


53 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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