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African American Album 2 - Heritage - Beatties Ford Road

John McDonald

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February 2, 1990 
John and Eunice McDonald, at the new McDonald Cafeteria location off Beatties Ford Road, as they announce plans for a major expansion of the restaurant to include a hotel complex.

Project Catalyst

  1. On the initiative of JCSU President Robert Albright, Project Catalyst was founded in late 1985 in order to form a strategy to revitalize Beatties Ford Road and the Northwest Corridor. The West Charlotte Business Incubator and the Northwest Corridor Community Development Corporation (NWCCDC) were two outgrowths of Project Catalyst in the early 1990s. 

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. 


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: