Dan L. Morrill oral history interview 5, 2012 March 6
In this interview, Dr. Dan Morrill, long-time history professor and marshall at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Consulting Director of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, describes how he came to work at Charlotte College in 1963, and why the position attracted him. He shares memories of several personal encounters with Bonnie Cone and comments on how each reflected different parts of her character, describing her as “an iron fist in a velvet glove.” He remarks on her dedication to the success of Charlotte College, her support for students in need, and her religious and social convictions, including her stand against alcohol. Dr. Morrill also reflects on the chancellorship being given to Dean Colvard instead of Bonnie Cone, sharing both the broader faculty’s and his personal feelings on the subject in addition to Ms. Cone’s response. Throughout the interview, he also discusses civil rights, touching on several topics, including the climate of North Carolina as contrasted with the rest of the South, Dr. Colvard’s work in Mississippi, Bonnie Cone’s positive attitude toward African-American students, and civil rights activities on the UNC Charlotte campus in the late 1960s.
Dan L. Morrill was a 74-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Charlotte in 1937. He was educated at R. J. Reynolds High School and Wake Forest College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and was employed as a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and as consulting director for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.