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Negro Baseball League
The Walking Classroom students discuss a summary of the history of the Negro Leagues, from conception to collapse. The students will hear another side of how segregation affected the American population from the 1800’s to the 1940’s and learn about the...
Format: audio/podcast
The Trail of Tears
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the history of the Trail of Tears and its aftermath. Mrs. Fenn joins them to share a Cherokee story-tellers’ observations and to discuss why the Cherokee from North Carolina were not forced onto Indian Territory, but allowed...
Format: audio/podcast
Benjamin Banneker
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the famous inventor, scientist, astronomer, and writer, Benjamin Banneker. They discuss the challenges that he faced as a black man in the 1700’s. They also talk about his contributions to science and literature and the...
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William Hamlin oral history excerpt
William Hamlin attended segregated schools in Charlotte, NC in the 1950s and 1960s, but later sent his children to integrated schools. Here, he explains his opinions about integrated schools, and why tolerance of others may be more important than legal desegregation....
Format: audio/interview
Jeff Black oral history excerpt
Jeff Black is a resident of Charlotte who attended its desegregated schools in the 1990s. Here, he talks about the school segregation that he sees outside the classroom.
Format: audio/interview
Alice P. Evitt oral history excerpt (child labor)
Alice P. Evitt was born in 1898 and began working at the cotton mills near Charlotte, North Carolina in 1910 when she was 12 years old. She worked 12 hours a day, every day except Sunday, and earned 25 cents a day for her work. In this except, Ms. Evitt talks...
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Nannie Pharis oral history excerpt
Nanny Pharis began working at age nine in the Spray Cotton Mill near Eden, NC. She and her older sisters worked for 25 cents per day. Here, she discusses the conditions in the mill, lunch breaks, and other details of work in the cotton mill.
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Flood shelter
In this excerpt from an oral history interview, Charles Thompson questions Elberta and Thomas Hudson about their experience in a shelter after their home in White Stocking, North Carolina was flooded during Hurricane Floyd.
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Arthur Griffin oral history excerpt
Arthur Griffin is an African-American man who attended segregated schools in the 1950s and 1960s. He graduated from Second Ward High School, an African-American high school in Charlotte, North Carolina which closed in 1969. He later became involved in school...
Format: audio/interview
Fred Battle oral history excerpt
Fred Battle is a resident of Chapel Hill, North Carolina who experienced segregation as he came of age in the 1950s and 1960s. He participated in the sit-ins in Greensboro, N.C. in 1960 to desegregate the lunch counter at the local Woolworth’s store, and...
Format: audio/interview
Madge Hopkins oral history excerpt
Madge Hopkins is a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina who attended segregated schools and later became the vice-principal of an integrated school in the 1990s. Here, she remembers the hurt caused by segregation, which she felt even as a small child: She...
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Alice P. Evitt oral history excerpt (cotton mills)
Alice P. Evitt was born in 1898 and began working at the cotton mills near Charlotte, North Carolina in 1910 when she was 12 years old. She worked 12 hours a day, every day except Sunday, and earned 25 cents a day for her work. Here, she talks about the management’s...
Format: audio/interview
James Pharis oral history excerpt
James Pharis began working in the cotton mills in Eden, North Carolina at age 8. He worked for 11 hours a day and earned 25 cents a day for several years. He met his wife, who also began working in the mill at age 8, at a square dance in the mill village sponsored...
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Ned Irons oral history excerpt
Ned Irons is a white student who attended West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, NC during the late 1990s, many years after the Swann ruling required the school to integrate in the early 1970s, but before busing ended in 2001. West Charlotte is a traditionally...
Format: audio/interview
William Culp oral history excerpt
Excerpt from oral history interview with William Culp, a teacher who taught at an integrated school in Charlotte. Although he attended segregated schools in the 1950s, William Culp’s children attended integrated schools in Charlotte, NC in the 1970s and...
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Madge Hopkins oral history excerpt (desegregation)
Madge Hopkins attended segregated schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. She remembers hearing abut Dorothy Counts, a young woman she knew through church, becoming one of the first four students to desegregate Charlotte’s schools. Counts struggled with verbal...
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Latrelle McAllister oral history excerpt
Latrelle McAllister is an African-American woman who attended West Charlotte High School from 1973 until 1976, during the first years of integration. She speaks about her experiences of both segregated and integrated schools during her interview, and compares...
Format: audio/interview
Daisy Bates oral history excerpt
Daisy Bates was a civil rights activist and the head of the state chapter of the NAACP. She served as advisor to the Little Rock Nine, nine black students who enrolled at the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Alabama in 1957. She helped the students...
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Sheila Florence oral history excerpt
Sheila Florence was one of the first students to desegregate schools in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. When she began attending Chapel Hill Junior High School in 1962, she endured hurtful treatment from her white classmates, who refused to sit by her, used racial...
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Elberta's story: A humor moment
In this excerpt from an oral history interview, Elberta Hudson describes a moment of irony in her experience at a shelter after her home in White Stocking, North Carolina was flooded during Hurricane Floyd.
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