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Harding High School.  UTM:  17 513613E 3899164N  Two original sections of Charlotte Harding High School remain, the auditorium and the cafeteria.  Erected in the 1920s, the structure served white students from Charlotte's west side.  Much of the historic significance of the site is due to events that occurred there on the morning of September 4, 1957.  Dorothy Counts, the first African American student to enroll in the school, was greeted by crowds of jeering students.  This event drew media attention from thoughout the United States and embarrassed the local leadership.  Thereafter, Charlotte was determined to make a "civil adjustment" to racial integration of the public schools.








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