Cherry neighborhood group, 2014-08-06
Scope and Contents
Keeping Watch: City of Creeks includes video interviews with individuals, pairs, and groups of people about their experiences with Charlotte Mecklenburg creeks and rivers. The interviews were conducted by history graduate student Tenille Todd in cooperation with Mary Newsom, Associate Director of Urban and Regional Affairs at the Urban Institute. The interviews were part of Keeping Watch, a three-year initiative (2014-2016) led by the Urban Institute, the College of Arts and Architecture, and independent arts curator, June Lambla of Lambla artWORKS. The interdisciplinary project invited artists, historians, writers, scientists and environmental groups to engage the public around environmental issues.
- Creation: 2014-08-06
- From the Collection: University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Urban Institute (Organization)
- From the Collection: Newsom, Mary (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use. Please contact Special Collections to request the creation of use copies for particular items; requests will be accommodated when possible. The remaining materials are open for research.
Interview took place in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church meeting hall, Cherry community, Charlotte, North Carolina Doris D. Gibson was a 70-year-old woman at the time of this interview. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1944. She received a high school education. Ruthie G. Hamlin was a 67-year-old woman at the time of this interview. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1946. She was educated at Second Ward High School, and received her BA from Winston-Salem State University in 1969, and her MA at UNC Charlotte in 1978. She was employed as a third-grade teacher at Lansdowne Elementary School from 1969 to 2003 and was the owner of the Cherry Superette store since 1969. Charles L. Patton was a 77-year-old man at the time of this interview. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1936. He was educated at Second Ward High School and retired at the time of this interview. Richard Perry, Jr. was a 79-year-old man at the time of this interview. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1935. He was educated at Second Ward High School, and was employed as a mail clerk at the Duke Energy Corporation. Everett Taylor was an 83-year-old man at the time of this interview. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1930. He was educated at Second Ward High School.
Language of Materials
Five men and women describe growing up in the Cherry community in Charlotte, North Carolina during the 1940s and 1950s. They recount their adventures with the creeks and their experiences with new technologies such as refrigerators and televisions. They discuss the growth and development of Charlotte, particularly the many new roads and buildings.
Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository
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