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- Bonnie E. Cone oral history interview 19, 1988 April 5
Bonnie E. Cone oral history interview 19, 1988 April 5
In this fourteenth of a series of interviews conducted by Dr. Ed Perzel (former Chair of the Department of History and Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte), Bonnie Cone returns to the topics of the bond issues and tax levy elections to support Charlotte College; site selection for the present campus; selection of an architect for the campus buildings and working on building design; her early interest in teaching and time at Coker College; the Charlotte Industrial Education Center, Mecklenburg College, and Central Piedmont Community College; and the Charlotte College engineering program, supported by Duke University and North Carolina State University. She and Dr. Perzel also discuss Fred Alexander, the NAACP, and attitudes toward integration during the late 1950s, and Ms. Cone reflects on racial tensions on campus in the early 1960s, mentioning students Ben Chavis and T. J. Reddy. She also recalls her relationship with student Harold Pulley, describes various politicians and businessmen who were friends of the college, and concludes by briefly discussing the school colors and mascot.