History

Located in Charlotte’s Second Ward, the Brooklyn neighborhood was a predominantly black community that thrived as a self-sustainable town within a town. With vibrant shops, schools and places of worship, Brooklyn was home to some of the black community’s families from all socioeconomic backgrounds. During the 1960s and 1970s, Brooklyn was razed in Charlotte’s first wave of “urban renewal,” displacing thousands of neighborhood residents and ultimately destroying more than 1,480 structures. Below are some of the historic landmarks that made up what the Brooklyn neighborhood once was.

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Some of the churches that were destroyed or relocated during urban renewal:

  • Brooklyn Presbyterian
  • East Stonewall AME Zion
  • Ebenezer Baptist
  • First Baptist
  • Friendship Baptist
  • Greater Mount Sinai Baptist
  • House of Prayer in Second Ward
  • Mount Carmel Baptist
  • New Emanuel Congregational Christian
  • St. Paul Baptist
  • Seventh Street Presbyterian
  • Shiloh Baptist
The churches that stayed downtown:

  • Little Rock AME Zion - built a new sanctuary on McDowell Street
  • Grace AME Zion - remained at its original location on Brevard Street

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