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Before Brown

Before Brown

This collection was initiated as a partnership between the UNC Charlotte Oral History Program and the Levine Museum of the New South. It was originally related to the museum’s award winning exhibit, "Courage: The Carolina Story That Changed America," which was mounted in 2004 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision and which was brought back in 2011 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the museum. These interviews focus on the educational experiences of members of the African American community of Charlotte during the era of segregation. This collection also includes interviews with former students of Rockwell Rosenwald School in Derita who were interviewed during an effort to restore the old school building in the early 2000's.

Image credit:
Homepage: Elizabeth Weinstein, photographed by Christina Wright, 2004.
Right: Second Ward High School Football Team (Kelly “Shipwreck” Alexander, back 2nd left), 1932. Kelly M. Alexander Papers.