Curley Hall and Laura Rankin, 2014-05-27
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: 2014-05-27
- 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.
Curley Hall was born in South Carolina to Cliff Banks and Sarah Gastin. She grew up in the Brooklyn neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. This interview took place at the home of her son, Rickey Hall in Charlotte, North Carolina. Laura Rankin was an 82-year-old woman at the time of this interview, which took place at the home of Rickey Hall in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1932, and educated at Plato Price school in Mecklenburg County.
Language of Materials
Laura Rankin and Curley Hall discuss attending baptismal services while members of the Shiloh Baptist Church on Elmin Street in Reid Park, Charlotte, North Carolina. Curley Hall describes living in the old Brooklyn neighborhood in Charlotte and being near the Thompson Orphanage. Curley Hall relates her experiences gathering water from a natural spring for the first few years that she lived there; Laura Rankin relates living in a section of the neighborhood that had one municipal spigot where she could get her water. The two also discuss what public transportation was like for them during that time.
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