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Elizabeth Weinstein [2], 2004 April 9

Identifier: BB-WE0011

Scope and Contents

In this second interview, Elizabeth Weinstein discusses her childhood growing up in Derita (now a neighborhood in Charlotte), North Carolina and her career as an educator in New York City. She describes how it was her mother and her Christian upbringing that let her to persevere in the face of racism, and explains that while the white and black communities were officially segregated, there were numerous small-scale and informal ways people's lives were integrated. Mrs. Weinstein discusses her career in the New York City public school system, including her first experience teaching an integrated class and her style of leadership as a principal. Other topics discussed include the love and respect students had for their teachers at Rockwell, the physical layout of Rosenwald schools, her time at Barber-Scotia College and Columbia University's Teachers College, challenges facing teachers at the time of the interview, and the ways Charlotte has changed since Mrs. Weinstein's return to the city.


  • Creation: 2004 April 9

Conditions Governing Access

16 of the 23 interviews that comprise the Era Before Brown v. Board of Education oral history project have been digitized and are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Elizabeth Weinstein was a 68-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at her home in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Charlotte in 1935. She graduated from Barber-Scotia College and was employed as a teacher and principal.


68 Minutes

Language of Materials


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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