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In the decades following World War II, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, underwent unprecedented economic growth and social change. This website is a gateway to the documentation of this history through the digitization of the rich collections in the J. Murrey Atkins Library Department of Special Collections, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and those of partners including the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and the Inez Moore Parker Archives at Johnson C. Smith University. This project was made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


Follow the planning and development of the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County through published documents.

Read the personal papers and the legal arguments of some of the city's most notable figures of the civil rights era.

Oral Histories
  Listen to Charlotteans tell their personal stories of life in the postwar era, including their civil rights and desegregation struggles.