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Mary Poe and Delores Giles oral history interview, 2007 April 5

 Digital Record
Identifier: OH-BR0549


  • Creation: 2007-04-05


Mary Poe and Delores Giles share their memories of growing up and living in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, also known as Second Ward. They talk about attending Second Ward High School, school sports and activities, and the supportive atmosphere provided by the teachers at the school. They also discuss what it was like to be a young woman in Brooklyn during the 1960s, including how opportunities in school differed for young men and women and how couples would travel to South Carolina to get married. Ms. Giles lived in the Blue Heaven section of Second Ward and describes how it differed from the rest of Second Ward. Ms. Poe also discusses the urban renewal project in Charlotte which dismantled Brooklyn during the 1970s, and how the city made promises to former residents that were left unfulfilled.


63 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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