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A History Note: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visits Charlotte

In April 1958, Kelly Alexander, then President of the North Carolina State Conference of NAACP Branches, invited Dr. Martin Luther King to address the citizens of Charlotte. In his initial letter to King, Alexander stated “there is still too much apathy and still much work to be done.

Closings for the month of January

There will be several changes to the Special Collections' Reading Room schedule in January.   

Camp Greene: Charlotte's Role in WWI

History Note: Harry Golden and Integration

In the 1956 May-June issue of the Carolina Israelite, Harry Golden wrote a tongue-in-check plan on how to desegregate public spaces.

The essay stated that no one in the South had a problem standing beside each other. However, issues occurred when different races sat amongst each other. 

History Note: Brown V. Board of Education’s impact on Charlotte

 The U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v.

A History Note: Phillis Wheatley

 Phillis Wheatley  was the country's first published African American woman and the second published African American. She was born May 8, 1753, in West Africa and sold into slavery at the age of seven. She was purchased by John Wheatley of Boston, and was educated and encouraged in her poetry by this progressive family. Her first book of poetry,  Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was published in London in 1773. Following John Wheatley’s death, she was freed from slavery in 1778 and died in 1784.


The J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections contains the first edition of Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, numerous later publications of Wheatley’s work and biography, as well as The Works of Alexander Pope and Pope’s translation of The Odyssey, both from Wheatley’s personal library and bearing her inscription.

Charlotte Knights' Uptown Debut Brings Baseball Back To The Queen City

Well before the Charlotte Hornets made their NBA debut in the Queen City, an earlier Hornets’ team started playing minor league baseball here in 1901.

A History Note: Remembering musician Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith, a Charlotte-based country music radio and television host with a national audience, died April 3, 2014. Smith's two programs, "The Arthur Smith Show" and "Carolina Calling," kept Smith on the airwaves from 1951 until his retirement in 1982. Smith's programs featured numerous musicians and a variety of public figures including Andy Griffith, Vince Gill, Glen Campbell, Roy Clark, and Johnny Cash, as well as Bob Hope and Richard Nixon.

A History Note: The last trolley (Clang Clang Clang)

Horse- and mule-drawn streetcars first appeared in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1887. In 1891 the animal-powered cars were replaced by electric trolleys running on expanding routes. By the early part of the 20th century, new tracks had opened new neighborhoods to development including Elizabeth and Myers Park. The last of the trolleys, Streetcar No. 85, was retired in March 1938.

A History Note: Love in the archives, or, 19th century valentines

Once more beneath the patronage of good St. Valentine,
Who ever cheers us with his day when we our hopes resign;
Again I come fair lady mine some tribute slight to bring,
And wish thee health and happiness for the ensuing spring.

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