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Al Rousso, 1989 February 26

Identifier: JC-RO0008

Scope and Contents

Prominent jeweler Al Rousso talks about his experiences as a member of Charlotte, North Carolina's Jewish community. He praises the religious education the temples offer to local children and the various activities for Jewish congregants. He recalls his own roles in various Jewish organizations and remembers others who were leaders in the community. Mr. Rousso shares his opinion that unlike other Southern locales, Charlotte has been a progressive city where all citizens have the opportunity for success regardless of their religious affiliation or race, and he sees his own accomplishments in business and local politics as proof of the city's openness toward diversity. He also discusses changes he's seen in Charlotte over the years that he believes indicate an ever-increasing inclusiveness up to the time of interview. Mr. Rousso discusses the importance of Judaism in his life and the sense of Jewish pride and identity with which he has inculcated in his and others' children.


  • 1989 February 26

Conditions Governing Access

11 of the 13 interviews that comprise the Charlotte Jewish Historical Society oral history interviews have been digitized and are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Al Rousso was a 65-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at the Jewish Community Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama and was educated at the University of Alabama. He began his career working as a clerk at Brownlee Jewelers and eventually became the owner. He also served in Charlotte local politics during the 1980s and 1990s. He ran for mayor and lost, and served on the Charlotte City Council and as mayor pro tempore.


17 Minutes



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 USA