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interview With Bonnie E. Cone

Cone, Bonnie E. 02-04-1988
Perzel, Edward Spaulding (Ed)
Date of Interview: 
UNC Charlotte history; Community College history; Veterans and the GI bill; history of UNC system; faculty and staff salaries; segregation; minority education
This interview is part of a series of sixteen interviews between Ed Perzel, former chair of the history department, and Bonnie Ethel Cone, founder of UNC Charlotte. In this interview Perzel and Cone discuss the transition from Charlotte Center-UNC to Charlotte College in 1949. Cone describes the first National Meeting of the American Association of Junior Colleges in Los Angeles CA in February 1949, and the impact this had on her career. Cone describes the early history of Charlotte College in detail, including the difficulties of keeping the Charlotte Center open after the first two years of its existence, tension between the college and state bureaucracy, faculty and staff remuneration, the support of the local press, relations with the engineering department at NC State University, recruitment of students from local high schools, advantages of becoming an independent college in 1949, service to veterans, the establishment of Carver College at Second Ward High School as a parallel college for African American students, and the financial challenges that Charlotte College faced.
1946 to 1960; Charlotte, NC
Interview Setting: 
J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte NC
UNC Charlotte Memories
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