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A History Note: Torrence-Lytle School

The Huntersville Colored School opened in 1937 as the only primary through secondary school for African Americans students in north Mecklenburg, and was the only school option for those from the historically black Pottstown community.

Abraham Lincoln: Tarheel Native?

 Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was born February 12, 1809. His parents, Thomas and Nancy (Hanks) Lincoln, raised Abraham in the western frontier of Kentucky and Indiana.

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.

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.
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