Christine Bowser was born in South Carolina in Winsboro 1934. Ms. Bowser moved to Charlotte at a young age and settled down in the First Ward neighborhood. She attended Second Ward High School and was a member of several organizations there, such as the band and Y-youth. She later graduated from North Carolina Central with a B.A. in Physical Education. She returned to Charlotte in 1960 and became the Program Director for the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA in the neighborhood of Brooklyn. In 1964 the YWCA was closed and she began to work for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System as a Physical Education teacher.Read more…
Dolores Giles & Mary Poe
Dolores Giles and Mary Poe were interviewed at the same time.
Second Ward Alumni
Second Ward High School was opened in 1923 in Charlotte, North Carolina as the city’s first high school for African American children. The following people are included in this interview:
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
Cleo A. Yongue
Ms. Cleo A. Yongue is a historic figure in the black community who just turned 90 a few months ago. She was a nurse for the Charlotte Heath Department for 36 years. She has been a healthcare provider for several different generations in Charlotte. In the interview Ms. Yongue gave information concerning the reasons blacks would visit Brooklyn; how the community was affected by urban renewal; healthcare for blacks in Charlotte; and how blacks should learn a lesson from urban renewal in Brooklyn.Read more…