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Bonnie E. Cone [19], 1988 April 5

Identifier: OH-UA-CO0029

Scope and Contents

In this fourteenth 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 returns to the topics of the bond issues and tax levy elections to support Charlotte College; site selection for the present campus; selection of an architect for the campus buildings and working on building design; her early interest in teaching and time at Coker College; the Charlotte Industrial Education Center, Mecklenburg College, and Central Piedmont Community College; and the Charlotte College engineering program, supported by Duke University and North Carolina State University. She and Dr. Perzel also discuss Fred Alexander, the NAACP, and attitudes toward integration during the late 1950s, and Ms. Cone reflects on racial tensions on campus in the early 1960s, mentioning students Ben Chavis and T. J. Reddy. She also recalls her relationship with student Harold Pulley, describes various politicians and businessmen who were friends of the college, and concludes by briefly discussing the school colors and mascot.


  • Creation: 1988 April 5

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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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