Fact Friday 202 - Charlotte's All-Black Schools

Fact Friday 202 - Charlotte's All-Black Schools

Happy Friday!

In 1957, four brave African-American students crossed the color barrier to integrate Charlotte's city school system. These students chose to be reassigned from their all-black schools to all-white schools in order to get a better education. Their actions were the beginnings of a great change.

At that time, Mecklenburg County essentially had four school systems: 

  • white city schools
  • black city schools
  • white county schools
  • black county schools

The white schools, both city and county, were better funded and equipped than the black schools.

In 1960, the voters of Mecklenburg County chose to consolidate the city and county school systems into one large Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. This controversial and difficult task led to many changes and paved the way towards racial integration.

In 1968, court-ordered integration of the new school system began. Many students, both black and white, were bused to far-away schools to achieve integration. 

In 1957, when four black students broke the color barrier, thousands of other black students attended the city's and county's all-black schools.



All-Black City Schools 

Alexander Street Elementary School 

Biddleville Elementary School 

Billingsville Elementary School 

Double Oaks Elementary School 

Fairview Elementary School

Isabella Wyche Elementary School

Marie G. Davis Elementary School

Morgan Elementary School

Myers Street Elementary School

Northwest Junior High School

Second Ward High School

West Charlotte High School

York Road High School


All-Black County Schools

J.H. Gunn School 

Plato Price School

Sterling School 

Torrence-Lytle School 


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Information taken from:

cmstory.org, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story, "Charlotte's All-Black Schools"


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