Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series on the African−American community in Charlotte.

By Josh Arntz
The Dickson Herald

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Throughout the years, the Corlew family has raised livestock and planted crops and gardens on their property along Dotson Street − the property that they have maintained for Queene Corlew for over 100 years.

“When it was being used way back during the time before I was born, they planted food on it and there were other families that lived on the property as well,” said Melvin Corlew, a descendant of Queene. “They would go out and do the crops and work the fields and plant the vegetables and things like that.”

As the years have passed, Melvin explained that his family got out of the agriculture business, but they continue to foster a sense of pride in maintaining Queene’s land.

Similar to the Corlews, African−Americans in Charlotte continue to maintain the community’s landmarks that have stood the test of time.

Places to gather

One of Charlotte’s oldest institutions is the McGavock Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Dotson Street. The original church building was erected in 1898 in the former Celeste Heights area.

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