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Biddleville Elementary School

Naptime and the Biddleville School May Court in the 40s
Charlotte's All-Black Schools

Biddleville School was one of Charlotte’s all-black schools. It served the children of the Beatties Ford Road/Johnson C. Smith University area. In 1964, James Swann was assigned to Biddleville School. His parents wanted him to attend Seversville School, an all-white school that was closer and better equipped. This led to the landmark legal case Swann v. the Board of Education that eventually caused the court-ordered integration of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system.


An African American Album: The Black Experience in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, vol. 2. Charlotte, NC. Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, 1998.