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Francis Leach, 2004 April 2

Identifier: OH-LE0381

Scope and Contents

Frances H. Leach shares her memories of Charlotte, North Carolina's African American communities. She talks about the Cherry neighborhood where she grew up during the 1930s and 1940s and the thriving African American Brooklyn community, also known as Second Ward. She compares differences between Cherry and Brooklyn and recounts businesses, schools, and residents. She discusses in detail the House of Prayer for All People, including her membership in the church, the church's role in reducing the crime rate in Brooklyn with the Grace Soldiers, and the church's relocation to Beatties Ford Road during urban renewal.


  • 2004 April 2

Conditions Governing Access

3 of the 57 interviews have been digitized and are available in the digital repository.

Biographical Note

Frances Leach was an 85-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina in 1915. She attended Second Ward High School and Woods Morgan Beauty and Bible College and was employed as a beautician.


45 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