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African American Album Volume 2

West Charlotte High School

This collection of photographs shows student life in West Charlotte High School from its days as a segregated institution to the 1990s. 

Urban Renewal

Local governments must often make unpopular decisions about how to deal with areas of substandard housing and roads. In poor or run-down neighborhoods, it can be difficult to determine whether the cost of fixing up old buildings is worth the expense.

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Many of Charlotte's African-American families have lived in the Beatties Ford Road area for decades. Some of the neighborhoods off Beatties Ford Road include: Biddleville, Five Points, Dalebrook, Lincoln Heights, McCrorey Heights, Oaklawn Park, Oaklawn Terrace, Seversville, Smallwood, Taylor Avenue, University Park, Washington Heights, Wesley Heights.

These photographs from a Biddleville family give the flavor of neighborhood life:

Friendship Baptist Church

Friendship Baptist Church, on S. Brevard St. in Second Ward, was demolished as part of urban renewal. In October 1963, the congregration left the original site and held worship services at Northwest Junior High School. They raised the funds for the new church through tithes and offerings. 

Church members bought the 3.8 acres for the present site at 3301 Beatties Ford Rd.


Second Ward lies within the city of Charlotte, NC, south of Trade Street and east of Tryon Street. Boundary Street and Little Sugar Creek formed its other boundaries. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, African Americans made it the largest of their enclaves within the center city and gave it the name Brookyn. 

Explore Brooklyn of the 1950s: