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    An African American Album: The Black Experience in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County -
    Cordelia Russell Stiles, shown here at the Kirkpatrick farm, attended Myers Street School, Barber Scotia College, Columbia University and New York University, according to the family. An educator in various schools for 25 years, she served as supervisor of elementary education for Charlotte's black schools.
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    An African American Album: The Black Experience in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County -
    The Kirkpatrick farmhouse in the 1940s.
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    Sam Kirkpatrick, born a slave in about 1853, surrounded by his 12 children in the mid-1920s. He's holding a photo of his deceased wife Isabella, and the other photo is of deceased daughter.
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    Photo Courtesy H.D. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., ABPP -
    De's grandfather, Hugh DeArmond Kirkpatrick, owned this Kirkwood Dairy, pictured here in late 1930s. The dairy was located in Dilworth on what was Avondale Avenue and is now Park Road, near the Red Cross Building. Photo Courtesy De Kirkpatrick
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    Sharon Presbyterian Church records from the 1850s and '60s found by historian Jane Starnes. Line 21 indicates the baptism record of Jimmie Lee's great-great-grandfather Sam, born to Caroline (servant of Dr. Joseph W. Ross) and Sam (servant of Hugh Kirkpatrick).
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    Sharon Presbyterian Church records from the 1850s and '60s. They included a list of "colored communicants" in 1866 and also baptism records of the children of slaves.
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    Charlotte Mayor T.L. Kirkpatrick (center) and the Charlotte Board of Alderman, on January 11, 1916
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    Charlotte Mayor T.L. Kirkpatrick (center, left) with N.C. Gov. Locke Craig (center, right) in Charlotte on January 25, 1916.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Addie Pettice helped put together the Sam Kirkpatrick Family collection.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Addie Pettice, cousin of Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick, flips through "An African-American Album," which includes the Sam Kirkpatrick family photo.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Mary Katherine Joseph (left) and Addie Pettice look through some family records. They both are regulars at the Kirkpatrick Family Reunion.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Jane Starnes (left), Director of Philanthropic Research at Winthrop University, who found the link between Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick and De Kirkpatrick buried in old Presbyterian church notes, and Isabelle Stanford, a Sharon Presbyterian Church historian, at the church's old chapel.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    A slave memorial marker is displayed inside the Sharon Presbyterian Church cemetery.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    A slave memorial marker is displayed inside the Sharon Presbyterian Church cemetery.
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