Skip to main content

Connie Patton oral history interview 2, 2007 April 02

 Digital Record
Identifier: OH-PA0556


  • Creation: 2007-04-02


Charlotte, North Carolina native Connie Patton recounts growing up in the the Brooklyn neighborhood of Charlotte, also known as Second Ward. He shares his memories of playing football and baseball with other children, churches, businesses, and joining the ROTC at Second Ward High School. Mr. Patton describes joining the Navy after high school, becoming a petty officer, and not being able to rise further in rank because of racial discrimination and limited roles for African Americans at the time. He also touches on how urban renewal in Charlotte during the 1960s and 1970s affected the Brooklyn community and points out that there was high-quality housing in Brooklyn as well as rundown shotgun houses.


29 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
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

About this Site

Finding aids are guides to archival collections, including manuscripts, university records, and oral history collections. These guides help you find physical collections which can be viewed in the Dalton Reading Room on the 10th floor of Atkins Library. A small number of finding aids link to digital content online. Please contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment:

Special Collections and University Archives
J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
(704) 687-1170
Schedule an Appointment