Price Davis oral history interview 2, 2004 March 19
Price Davis discusses his memories of living in the Cherry neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina and visiting the nearby Brooklyn neighborhood, also known as Second Ward. He shares fond memories of Brooklyn, including attending Second Ward High School and his relationships with neighborhood residents. Mr. Davis recounts his experiences with the Charlotte Police Department during segregation in the 1940s and 1950s, including frequent assaults by white police officers, and how he believes that community-police relations began to slowly improve with the hiring of the first black officers in Charlotte. He discusses James Ross, one of the first black police officers in Charlotte, and how he faced an uphill battle to gain respect among some in the black community. Mr. Davis also discusses his religious background, including attending Myers Tabernacle AME Zion Church, the AME Zion organization, his father\u2019s career as a preacher, and other influential preachers in the community.