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1991 - West Charlotte HS Featured in Wall Street Journal

May 6, 1991 - West Charlotte High School is featured in the Wall Street Journal.

  • West Charlotte High School is featured in the Wall Street Journal's report on successful integration. 
  • At this time, the U.S. Supreme Court begins to change its interpretation of the laws demanding integration. 
  • School districts are allowed to cut down on busing. As other cities scale back, Charlotte continues the effort. 
  • Michelle Brier and Nicole Quimet walk the halls of West Charlotte.
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May 6, 1991

1947 - Rezoning of Second Ward

Rezoning of 2nd Ward: 

  • In 1947, the Charlotte Planning Commission begins the first comprehensive zoning plans for the city. Although white neighborhoods remain residential areas, black neighborhoods become industrial areas. 
  • Businesses and industries are allowed to move into Second Ward and other black sections of the city. This makes houses more difficult to sell and encourages the flight of African Americans to the northwest part of the city.
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Community Life


This photograph of the Friday Evening Social Club was taken about 1907. The members were schoolteachers at the Myers Street School.



“Have you heard of the Leaf Social? It will be given at Varick Hall, Friday night, Jan 29. Come and see the leaves matched.”

Special announcement from the Star of Zion, January 28, 1897



Car advertising an appearance by Bishop C. M. Grace at the United House of Prayer for all People.


“The main contribution of the church was to tell young people, 'You are somebody, you can be somebody.' Through the youth organizations, the church challenged young people to develop to their highest potential.”

 The Reverend Curtis Kearns



The Afro-American newspaper carriers, 1933. Seated: Ray A Booton. Standing, left to right: Eddie Spears, Edna Cathey, David Smith, William Cathey, Gerson Stroud, Addison Yongue, John Spears, Mrs. Martha Yongue Johnson, Reginald Wright. 

"I taught all my children to work, but I gave them plenty of time to play. I saw to it that they learned the art of working and the importance of work."



The Library at Morgan School in the Cherry Community, c.1925


"Unless you take interest in young people, train them and help them to be first-class citizens, you have nobody to take your place when you pass into the great beyond."

Kelly M. Alexander, Sr. 


Home and Family

The Kirkpatrick family on the porch of their farmhouse, c.1910

From The Samuel Kirkpatrick Family by Addie Pettice and Josephine Wade



"Our home was never a fine one from the sense of size or appointments, but it was a roomy, old-fashioned house with a big porch around it, and the home was filled with children and a good Mother's love."

Rose Leary Love