Mrs. Thereasea Elder was born and raised in the Greenville section of Charlotte. While not a Brooklyn native herself she visited Brooklyn and interacted with its inhabitants. She has been active in the Mecklenburg County Black Heritage Committee and has received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. Her history and activities allowed her to speak knowledgably about Urban Renewal activities both in Brooklyn and Greenville. She spoke regarding familial activities, churches, economic activities and race relations in Charlotte. Mrs. Elder also spoke of the African-American experience post Urban Renewal.
Tape Log: Oral History Interview with Thereasea Elder
Interviewed by Stephen Howerton
|Description of Interview Contents
|Beginning of interview
|Children going to Second Ward High
|United House of Prayer parades
|Greenville Urban Renewal
|House of Prayer again. Whites viewing of the parades. Money from Rent to Bishop Grace.
|House of Prayer donations to other churches. Refers to Friendship Baptist as an “elite church”. St. Paul’s split into three congregations.
|Sister graduated from Second Ward High.
|Other Black communities responses to Brooklyn.
|Non-Brooklynites go to church in Brooklyn. Death rites.
|Family to family help; food, clothing, watching of children
|Police forces in Charlotte
|Integration of health care.
|KKK and Charlotte, segregation
|Why Urban Renewal? Mindset of Charlotte’s leaders
|United States Cadet Nursing Program
|Lessons learned from Brooklyn Urban Renewal
|Impact of Second World War
|Urban Renewal and Development
|Education and the Black Community
|Relocation of citizens to Beatties Ford Road
|After Urban Renewal
|Teaching Charlotte’s Black history after Urban Renewal