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Mapping the Historic West End: The Digital History of African American Neighborhoods in Charlotte, North Carolina
Brandon Lunsford, Johnson C. Smith University

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Mapping the Historic West End site (Web Resource)
Title: Mapping the Historic West End site
Author: Brandon Lunsford
Abstract: This digital mapping project combines historical photographs, newspapers articles, documents, digital sites, and oral histories to tell the story of the Historic West End, a network of rich and vibrant African American neighborhoods that surround the campus of Johnson C. Smith University and are currently faced with rising concerns of displacement and change as Charlotte grows. The project seeks to tell the stories of these communities through the eyes of those who lived there and still do by conducting oral histories with long-time residents, and by documenting the businesses, churches, schools, nightclubs, parks, restaurants, and dynamic personalities and events that have shaped the corridor. This project uses a large archive of unseen photographs and negatives from the James G. Peeler Collection held at Johnson C. Smith University and also utilizes material from other local archives, libraries, institutions, and agencies including the Carolina Room of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library, Special Collections at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, the Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte Post, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.
Year: 2018
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: West End Digital Mapping entry site, map is accessed within.
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: Completed and transcribed oral histories for the project in Digital Smith, JCSU's repository.