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Oral History Project

This Oral History Project was made possible through a generous grant from the Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing.
Diane Hamilton (Maryville)

Still living in the house where she grew up, Ms. Hamilton recalls her childhood, parents, Maryville’s distinctive character, and attending school. She also describes working as a teacher, first at Gresham Meggett, then James Island H.S., where she started working soon after it was integrated, and shares her memories of that transition.

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Diane Hamilton (Maryville)

Vangie Rainsford (Mazyckborough-Wraggsborough)

A resident of Charleston her entire adult life, Ms. Rainsford recounts her experience purchasing and rehabilitating her Chapel Street house. As president of the Mazyck-Wraggsborough Neighborhood Association for several decades, she talks about the creation of the neighborhood Garden District and the establishment of the “triangle park” on Chapel and Elizabeth Streets.

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Vangie Rainsford (Mazyckborough-Wraggsborough)

Dan and Erica Lesesne (Radcliffeborough)

Two of the neighborhood’s longest-term residents, the Lesesnes discuss purchasing their Warren Street house in 1989 from HCF and its protective covenant. In addition to the demographic changes they have observed in the eclectic neighborhood, they also reminisce about Charleston architect Randolph Martz and neighborhood association president Robert Ballard.

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Dan and Erica Lesesne (Radcliffeborough)

Arthur Lawrence (West Side)

A lifetime resident of Charleston's West Side, Mr. Lawrence describes growing up in the African-American community, recalling facets of daily life. He talks about important changes, including gentrification, segregation, integration, housing, and heirs' rights. As president of the neighborhood association for 20 years, he also discusses his efforts to improve the community.

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Arthur Lawrence (West Side)

Daisy Walsh (West Ashley)

Mrs. Walsh describes her life in West Ashley after moving there in 1957, first to Byrnes Downs, then to another new neighborhood in 1965. She recalls witnessing the area’s transformation from farmland to the bustling area it is today. She also reminisces about her life in Charleston before, during, and after World War II.

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Daisy Walsh (West Ashley)

Leonard Krawcheck (South of Broad)

Lenny Krawcheck grew up on Colonial Street and still lives in the same house his father purchased in 1927. He recalls his daily and family life, neighborhood, and his father's business. He also talks about Charleston’s Jewish community, race relations and his experience as Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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Leonard Krawcheck (South of Broad)

Yvonne Evans (Harleston Village)

Ms. Evans is a lifelong resident of Harleston Village. She recalls her early life and after graduating from the College of Charleston, she then became involved in the “Town and Gown” committee, which improved campus relations with Harleston Village. This inspired her to run for Charleston City Council, on which she served for 20 years.

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Yvonne Evans (Harleston Village)

Elizabeth Lanneau Cox (Summerville)

Residing in Summerville for most of her life, Mrs. Cox describes her childhood and also describes town life and growth, including the paving of roads and construction of historic houses. She also recalls local landmarks including Town (Hutchinson) Square, Timrod Library, Summerville Theatre, Summerville Elementary, Pine Forest Hotel and other important buildings.

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Elizabeth Lanneau Cox (Summerville)