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Gwendolyn Burris, 2016 March 16

Identifier: CH-BU0001

Scope and Contents

Gwendolyn Burris is a Charlotte native who moved to the Optimist Park community in 1987. She shares her memories of growing up in downtown Charlotte and details some of the challenges her family faced, including school integration in the early 1970s. Mrs. Burris also discusses her outlook on recent changes arising from urban growth and gentrification in the Optimist Park neighborhood and the negative impact that these changes could have on current residents.


  • Creation: 2016 March 16


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Biographical Note

Gwendolyn Burris was a 61-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place in the Optimist Park neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1954. She completed the ninth grade, and was educated at Seversville Elementary School, Irwin Avenue Junior High School, McClintock Junior High School, and West Mecklenburg High School. She was employed in housekeeping, food delivery, and as a nurses' aid in Charlotte hospitals and nursing homes.


27 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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