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Bonnie E. Cone [12], 1988 February 11

Identifier: OH-UA-CO0022

Scope and Contents

In this seventh of a series of interviews conducted by Dr. Ed Perzel (former Chair of the Department of History and Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte), Bonnie Cone discusses her recollections of Charlotte College during the process of becoming a fully realized university in the early 1960s. She focuses on the purchase of the land for Charlotte College, the alternative sites that were considered including the present location of UNC Charlotte, the expansion and accreditation of Charlotte College at the Central High School location in uptown Charlotte, and the student body during the 1950s. Ms. Cone also briefly describes the barn which was on the property that was chosen as the new location for the college, the lack of water on the Highway 49 campus, and the support that the college had from the Charlotte community, noting in particular the contributions of W. A. (Woody) Kennedy and Thomas Belk.


  • Creation: 1988 February 11

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Biographical Note

Bonnie Ethel Cone was an 80-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place in J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Lodge, South Carolina in 1907 and was educated at Coker College and Duke University. She was employed as a teacher, as Director of the Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina, as President of Charlotte College, and as Acting Chancellor and later Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


61 Minutes

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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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