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Myers Street Elementary School

525 South Myers St.
The Myers Street building
Charlotte's All-Black Schools

Myers Street School was the oldest black school in Charlotte. It began in an old tobacco barn on 5th Street in 1882. The students and faculty moved into a new wood-frame building in 1887, located on land that had belonged to the Myers family. A new brick building followed in 1931. In the late 1940s, Myers Street was the largest elementary school for black children in North Carolina. The school closed in the late 1960s as part of the city’s integration plan, and the building was torn down.

Side-by-side: Myers Street faculty in the 1950s and a classroom in 1962

Myers Street in the "Places" section of the album


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