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Interview with Connie Patton

Patton, Connie
Patton, M.; Patton, Greg
Howard, Debbie
Date of Interview: 
Patton, Connie 1925-; King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Second Ward High School (Charlotte, N.C.); Marvin High School (Charlotte, N.C.); Morgan Elementary School (Charlotte, N.C.); Carver College (Charlotte, N.C.); United States. Navy; World War (1939-1945); School sports; Draft; Education; Teachers; Segregation in education; North Carolina--Charlotte; North Carolina--Charlotte--Second Ward; North Carolina--Charlotte--Brooklyn; Interviews (Sound recordings); Oral Histories
Connie Patton discusses his memories of Second Ward High School and his neighborhood of "Brooklyn", in downtown Charlotte, where he grew up during the Depression. Mr. Patton stresses the neighborliness of “Brooklyn,” and the socio economic diversity of the community. He reminisces about the many jobs he held as a boy, teenager and adult in the local area, and the details of daily life during his childhood. Mr. Patton talks about his education at Morgan Elementary School in the Cherry neighborhood, Second Ward High School, and Carver College, which was an evening college for returning African American veterans based in Second Ward High from 1949.
North Carolina--Charlotte; circa 1930 - 1979
Interview Setting: 
Home of Connie Patton, North Carolina--Charlotte
Before Brown Collection
Collection Description: 
These interviews were conducted in conjunction with the Levine Museum of the New South’s award winning exhibit, "Courage: The Carolina Story That Changed America,” which was originally mounted in 2004. The interviews focus on the educational experiences of members of the African American community of Charlotte during the era of segregation.
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