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Boundary Street – Where did you go?

Among the things that Charlotte has lost because of growth are its streets.  Some roads have been altered or cut off, others may have had their named changed to honor someone or a community (an example is Thrift Road in West Charlotte which becomes Tuckaseegee Road at the Fifth Street Extension) or erased entirely like Spring Alley, or the Fourth Street Alley.  Today, I will be talking about Boundary Street which was erased from the map when the John Belk Freeway (also known as I-277 or the Uptown Loop) was created.

Located south of Stonewall Street, it was the southern boundary for the Brooklyn neighborhood which was also called the Second Ward or Log town.  Bordering on what would be the neighborhoods of Myers Park and Dilworth, it seemed logical that most of its residents worked “in service” to the white families in those neighborhoods.

Map of Boundary Street 1911 - Courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Room Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Map of Boundary Street 1911 – Courtesy of the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina

But, with progress comes change.  The growth in automobile travel and Charlotte’s population along with the Urban Renewal projects of the 1960’s and 1970’s spelled doom for the street and its residents.  Today, nothing remains of this street and a lot of other streets in the old Brooklyn neighborhood but the memories are still there.

Present Day location of Boundary Street - Image via Google Earth

Present Day location of Boundary Street – Image via Google Earth

I hope that you will read more about the old Brooklyn Neighborhood, Myers Park and Dilworth and how these neighborhoods help shape Charlotte to the city it is today.  Some good books (both electronic and hard copy) that are available from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library are:

An African-American Album Vol. 1 (Currently out of print, you can read it at the Main Branch in the Carolina Room).  Volume 2 can be viewed via the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library at http://www.cmlibrary.org/cmstory

Plum Thickets and Field Daisies by Rose Leary Love.  This is a memoir of Ms. Love, who grew up in the neighborhood and later became a teacher at Biddleville Elementary School.

Historic Charlotte: An Illustrated History of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County by Dan Morrill.

Charlotte, Its Historic Neighborhoods by John R. Rogers and Amy T. Rogers (This is also available at your local Barnes and Noble in Charlotte or by special order if you live outside of Charlotte and Park Road Books in Charlotte)

Happy Reading!

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Posted by on September 1, 2013 in History, Places

 

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Cedar Grove Cemetery – Neglected Treasure

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This cemetery, located at the end of Hildebrand Street off Beatties Ford Road near University Park Elementary School is an old African American Graveyard that has been neglected and allowed to fall into disrepair. According to the PLCMC Cemetery Database, there are records of approximately 73 burials but these records are not complete due to information being lost, funeral homes changing names, merging or going out of business.

According to the Mecklenburg County Tax Database, the current owners of the cemetery is the Cedar Grove Cemetery Association.

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J. S. Davidson Headstone.  Picture taken by author.

J. S. Davidson Headstone. Picture taken by author.

The cemetery is overgrown with weeds and other plant life.  It is a shame that this cemetery has been neglected, but with families dying out and moving out of town and the scarcity of records it has been hard to maintain the grounds.  But all is not lost.  There are some people, led by Ken Koontz, a former Public Affairs Director at WBTV (Channel 3) who are trying to save the cemetery and make sure that people don’t forget that this cemetery is still in existence.

If you know of a family member who may be buried at Cedar Grove or you would like to help in saving and preserving a part of West Charlotte history, please let me know.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2013 in History, Places

 

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