City of Concord seeks to preserve historic black neighborhood

Concord officials are calling on residents who live in the Logan community to share photos and memories of the neighborhood as part of the nomination.

CONCORD, NC – The Logan neighborhood is one of the largest historically rich African-American communities in Concorde. Now, city officials want to celebrate the diverse history in hopes of subduing the neighborhood to become part of the National Register of Historic Places.

This designation recognizes properties that are architecturally or historically significant to the community. Logan resident Bernard Davis, Jr., 83, has seen that prominence grow over the years.

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“We tend to move on with the times without taking the time to take care of the things that we should have taken care of when we were living day to day and that’s our story,” Davis, Jr. said.

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He remembers that one of the neighborhood’s most iconic figures was Logan School, which was the only high school in Cabarrus County until the 1970s. Today, all that remains of that building has been renovated to make it a community center and a daycare centre.

“The further back you go, the less they know, so we need the books, we need the tapes, we need everything that has to be the past,” Davis, Jr. said.

As part of the nomination process, the City of Concord is asking the community to be part of the memory sharing process.

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“The National Register documents buildings, structures, objects and sites,” said Richard Grubb & Associates, senior architectural historian Annie McDonald. “But in many places the structures have disappeared, so documenting the memory, the value of the place for the local community is an essential element.”

Residents can share their memories at the next community meeting or submit information through the online portal.

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