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Benjamin F. Wyant, Jr., 1994 November 2

Identifier: GF-WY0224

Scope and Contents

Benjamin F. Wyant, Jr. recounts his memories of growing up in the Charlotte neighborhood of Dilworth and of his forty-three year career at Duke Power Company. In particular, he recalls working as a boy at his father's family business during the challenging economic times of the Great Depression. Mr. Wyant also discusses how Duke Power's workplace environment evolved over his career, explaining that the changes affected not only their customer service philosophy and the mechanics of their operations, but also employee relations as the company became racially integrated during the 1960s. Additionally, he shares his opinion that Charlotte politicians, party platforms, and voters moved to the left as veterans, who were exposed to European values during the Second World War, returned home with more sophisticated political views. Mr. Wyant states that the Democratic party has changed, but not his own political ideologies, specifically explaining that he remained committed to his belief in old Democratic ideals in spite of what he saw as the great influx of liberalism that spread throughout Charlotte.


  • Creation: 1994 November 2

Conditions Governing Access

34 of the 392 interviews are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Benjamin F. Wyant Jr. was a 73-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place in his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1920. He graduated from Berryhill High School, and was employed as an engineer and a properties manager at Duke Power.


50 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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