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African American novelist Charles Waddell Chestnutt (1858-1932) leaves his home in Fayetteville and arrives in Charlotte to teach school. He is fifteen years old. Chestnutt would eventually become an assistant to the principal. After leaving Charlotte in 1877, he became a successful business man. Chestnutt was also a highly respected author and writer and became popular for such works as The Conjure Woman, a collection of stories.