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Levine Museum of the New South

Levine Museum of the New South

These interviews, collected by the Levine Museum of the New South, cover the following topics:

Amazing Grace: These interviews document the role of the church in the African American community. Individuals interviewed included both male and female ministers, a deacon, an educator and a minister's wife and children. The interviews were collected by the museum for use in the exhibit, "Amazing Grace: The Black Church in African American Society."

Basketball: These interviews were conducted by staff of the museum in 1992 and 1993 as part of the research for the exhibit: "The Most Democratic Sport: Basketball and Culture in the Central Piedmont, 1893-1994." Interviews were conducted with players, coaches and others involved in basketball in the central Piedmont area between the late 1910s and the present. The large majority of the interviews were conducted by project curator Pamela Grundy and project researcher Peter Felkner. They were conducted under a loose set of guidelines, and thus cover a wide variety of subjects.

Billy Graham: These interviews were collected in support of the exhibit, "Billy Graham and Charlotte: The Ties That Bind", presented at the museum in 1996. Interviewees include Billy Graham's sisters and brother, neighbors of the Graham family's Park Road dairy farm and men and women who participated in the early Billy Graham crusades in Charlotte. Interviewers for this series were Jean Johnson, Mary Kratt, Morgan Perry and Jan Sweatt.

Latino: This interview was conducted as part of a project to complement a travelling exhibition from the Smithsonian, "Americanos" which was mounted at the Museum of the New South in 2002-2003. The exhibit portrayed the Latino community through the work of 30 prize-winning photographers.

Local History: An eclectic group of interviews reflect the cultural diversity of the Piedmont Carolina region. The interviews include a university president, a social worker, an interior decorator, a health care worker, a textile worker, a former drug dealer, and a teacher talking about their lives. Most of these interviews were conducted by volunteers trained by the museum.

Professional Women: Local professional women speak of their lives, their careers and their involvement in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. The women interviewed have made significant contributions in the fields of education, the arts, health care, politics and journalism. These interviews were conducted by Jennifer Greeson working in an internship position at the Museum of the New South which was supported by the Benjamin N. Duke Leadership Program of Duke University, the Duke Power Company Foundation and the Museum.

Image credit:
Homepage: UNC Charlotte women’s basketball team, 1980. Rogues & Rascals yearbook.
Right: Bonnie Cone. University Archives.