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Christine R. Bowser oral history interview, 2007 April 13

 Digital Record
Identifier: OH-BO0547


  • Creation: 2007-04-13


Christine Bowser discusses her memories of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, also known as Second Ward. She describes her role as program director of the segregated Phyllis Wheatley YWCA in Brooklyn, classes and programs that it offered, and how it was a gathering space for community clubs and organizations until its closure in 1964. Other topics include attending Second Ward High School, businesses, churches, housing, and residents in Brooklyn including Kelly Alexander Sr. and his family. Ms. Bowser, a resident of the First Ward neighborhood, did not have to move during Charlotte's urban renewal program during the 1960s and 1970s, but shares her memories of the reasons behind urban renewal and the lessons learned from it.


44 Minutes

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Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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