Grier Heights group, 2014-09-01
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: 2014-09-01
- 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 Old Billingsville School (now the Grier Heights Community Center) room in Grier Heights, Charlotte, North Carolina. Hawthorn Broadway was a 77-year-old man at the time of this interview. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1937. He was educated at Second Ward High School, and was employed as a warehouse worker for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district. L.C. Clifton was a 66-year-old man at the time of this interview. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1947. He was educated at Billingsville elementary school, Second Ward High School, and Myers Park high school. He was employed in concrete construction. Willie E. Davis was an 86-year-old man at the time of this interview. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1928. He was educated at Billingsville Elementary School and Second Ward High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree at Johnson C. Smith University, and his Master of Arts degree at Columbia University. He was employed as a teacher and Federal executive. Marvin E. Price was a 66-year-old man at the time of this interview. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1948. He was educated at Billingsville Elementary School, Second Ward High School, and Bull City Barber College in Durham, North Carolina. He was employed as a barber. George A. Wallace was a 71-year-old man at the time of this interview. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1943. He was educated at Billingsville Elementary School and Second Ward High School. He was employed as a security officer.
Language of Materials
Five men, who grew up in the Grier Heights neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina during the 1940s and 1950s recall swimming in the local creeks. and specifically in a place that they called the "Big Boy Hole," on Briar Creek behind the Mint Museum.
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