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Walter "Buck" Kennedy, 2004 March 26

Identifier: OH-KE0386

Scope and Contents

Walter "Buck" Kennedy shares his memories of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, also known as Second Ward. Mr. Kennedy describes growing up in the Cherry neighborhood and attending Second Ward High School. He discusses in detail his relationship with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, including joining the children's choir, his role as a junior deacon, the Baptist Training Union, and moving to the west side of Charlotte when the church moved there after urban renewal tore down the Brooklyn community. He also discusses businesses in Brooklyn, his involvement in the music ministry in his church, and the first radio broadcast from Friendship Baptist Church through popular Charlotte station WGIV.


  • 2004 March 26

Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical Note

Walter Kennedy was a 63-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Charlotte in 1940. He graduated from Northwest Junior High School and was employed with BASF.


27 Minutes



Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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