Biddleville (Charlotte neighborhood)

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Biddleville is the oldest surviving predominantly African-American neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is located one mile west of Uptown and Interstate 77 along Beatties Ford Road. Biddleville is home to Johnson C. Smith University, a historically black college originally called the Henry J. Biddle Memorial Institute, that was formed shortly after the Civil War to educate aspiring black preachers and teachers. In 1876 it was renamed Biddle University.[1] Biddleville arose as a supporting community of the Institute and was distinctly separate from Charlotte until it was annexed by the city in the early 1900s.[2]

In 1908, the Biddle University Quintet was formed to tour and raise funds in emulation of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. In 1920 they recorded four spiritual sides for Pathé Records. In 1938 they replaced the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet as regular performers on the Charlotte WBT radio station. From 1926 to 1929 the Biddleville Quintette recorded extensively for Paramount Records. It is not known whether the two groups are the same, or even connected.[3]


  1. ^ Biddleville-Five Points Neighborhood Guide Archived 2012-09-13 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Charlotte Annexation History Map (PDF)[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Note on p 29 of "Field Manual" accompanying The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932, Volume 1. 2013. Third Man Records.

Coordinates: 35°14′30″N 80°51′32″W / 35.241752°N 80.858757°W / 35.241752; -80.858757