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African American Album Volume 2

An African American Album: The Black Experience in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County was first published as a book of photographs in 1992. It documented the community's history up to 1950. 

In 1998 a second volume came out in the form of a CD-ROM. It took the story up to the late 1990s. This exhibit displays the pictures and text from that work under four headings:


  • Events - A timeline shows events in the history of the African American community of Charlotte from World War II to the late 1990s.
  • Places - Maps and photographs illustrate the oldest African American neighborhoods in Charlotte.
  • Keepsakes - A set of photographs demonstrate changing styles and schools in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
  • Heritage - A set of four exhibits on the history of Beatties Ford Road, the black churches of Charlotte, schools before desegregation, and the first day of desegregation in 1957.