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African American Album Volume 2

Rev. Clifford Jones

Rev. Clifford A. Jones was installed as the 13th pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in 1983, following the death of Rev. Colemon Kerry. Rev. Jones led the church's 100-year anniversary in 1990.

Beatties Ford Road

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.

Marty Johnson in front of her home on Douglas St. off Beatties Ford Rd. The westside water works can be seen in the background.

Beatties Ford Road

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.

Marty Johnson in front of her home on Douglas St. off Beatties Ford Rd. The westside water works can be seen in the background.

Rev. George Battle

May 22, 1990 
Rev. George Battle visited a Charlotte-Mecklenburg student who had been hurt in a school bus wreck. A long-time school board member, Battle served as head of that board for many years while he continued to lead Gethsemane AME Zion Church.

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.

Home and Work


Gerson
: When that picture ("Mr. Spears' retirement dinner") was taken, I had been back to school. I went to the University of Illinois. I got my Master’s degree and I came back to Charlotte and I taught one year at Johnson C. Smith University, and then went back to New York University and studied Retailing and Distribution and School Administration. I came back and became coordinator of Distributive Education at West Charlotte High School.