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Curley Hall and Laura Rankin oral history interview (includes transcript), 2014 May 27

 Digital Record
Identifier: cc-ha0005


  • 2014-05-27


Laura Rankin and Curley Hall discuss attending baptismal services while members of the Shiloh Baptist Church on Elmin Street in Reid Park, Charlotte, North Carolina. Curley Hall describes living in the old Brooklyn neighborhood in Charlotte and being near the Thompson Orphanage. Curley Hall relates her experiences gathering water from a natural spring for the first few years that she lived there; Laura Rankin relates living in a section of the neighborhood that had one municipal spigot where she could get her water. The two also discuss what public transportation was like for them during that time.

Biographical Note

Curley Hall was born in South Carolina to Cliff Banks and Sarah Gastin. She grew up in the Brooklyn neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. This interview took place at the home of her son, Rickey Hall in Charlotte, North Carolina. Laura Rankin was an 82-year-old woman at the time of this interview, which took place at the home of Rickey Hall in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1932, and educated at Plato Price school in Mecklenburg County.


37 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