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Grier Heights group oral history interview with Hawthorne Broadway, L.C. Clifton, Willie Davis, Marvin Price, and Porgie Wallace, 2014 September 1

 Digital Record
Identifier:  CC-BR0002

Dates

  • 2014-09-01

Abstract

Five men, who grew up in the Grier Heights neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina during the 1940s and 1950s recall swimming in the local creeks. and specifically in a place that they called the "Big Boy Hole," on Briar Creek behind the Mint Museum.

Biographical Note

Interview took place in the Old Billingsville School (now the Grier Heights Community Center) room in Grier Heights, Charlotte, North Carolina. Hawthorn Broadway was a 77-year-old man at the time of this interview. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1937. He was educated at Second Ward High School, and was employed as a warehouse worker for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district. L.C. Clifton was a 66-year-old man at the time of this interview. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1947. He was educated at Billingsville elementary school, Second Ward High School, and Myers Park high school. He was employed in concrete construction. Willie E. Davis was an 86-year-old man at the time of this interview. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1928. He was educated at Billingsville Elementary School and Second Ward High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree at Johnson C. Smith University, and his Master of Arts degree at Columbia University. He was employed as a teacher and Federal executive. Marvin E. Price was a 66-year-old man at the time of this interview. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1948. He was educated at Billingsville Elementary School, Second Ward High School, and Bull City Barber College in Durham, North Carolina. He was employed as a barber. George A. Wallace was a 71-year-old man at the time of this interview. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1943. He was educated at Billingsville Elementary School and Second Ward High School. He was employed as a security officer.

Extent

24 Minutes

Repository Details

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

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