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William U. Harris oral history interview, 2004 May 4

 Digital Record
Identifier: OH-HA0382


  • 2004-05-04


William Harris shares his memories of growing up in the Brooklyn neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, also known as Second Ward. He discusses his career as a principal at Myers Street Elementary School and Biddleville Elementary School, and his brief stint with the Educational Testing Service in New Jersey. Other topics include businesses in Brooklyn, attending Brooklyn Presbyterian Church, and his impression of Brooklyn's residents. He talks at length about Charlotte's urban renewal project during the 1960s, which he believes was an excuse by Charlotte's city leaders for dismantling African American communities and disenfranchising individuals. He also praises former residents of Brooklyn for their resilience and for keeping the spirit of the neighborhood alive.


77 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