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Bonnie E. Cone [14], 1988 March 3

Identifier: OH-UA-CO0024

Scope and Contents

In this ninth 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 recalls the passing of state legislation that transformed Charlotte College into the fourth campus of the University of North Carolina on March 2, 1965. She describes the preparation process to become a university, which involved undergoing the scrutiny of three groups including the State Board of Higher Education, the 99-man Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina, and representative faculty from the three other UNC campuses at the time. Dr. Perzel and Ms. Cone discuss the controversial Rowe vs. Winn trial in which two doctors challenged the building of a separate college campus for the African-American Carver College. Ms. Cone also reminisces about the acquisition of land for UNC Charlotte, including the role of Tom Belk, and early construction on the UNC Charlotte campus.


  • Creation: 1988 March 3

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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.


64 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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