New oral histories document response to UNC Charlotte shooting

Contributed by Dawn Schmitz

Oral history interviews relating to the shooting at UNC Charlotte on April 30, 2019, are now available as the campus commemorates the first anniversary. These interviews are part of an ongoing University Archives project to document the events of that day and the response.

The Niner Nation Remembers Oral History Project interviews available to date include several with campus administrators as well as students, police officers, and other members of the campus community. A short video, Niner Nation Remembers: Voices from the Archives uses the interviews, along with images of memorial displays and events, to show how the campus community came together in the wake of the shootings.

Two students, Reed Parlier and Riley Howell, were killed when a former student entered a classroom and opened fire. Four students were injured: Rami Alramadhan, Sean DeHart, Emily Houpt, and Drew Pescaro.

The larger project to document the campus response also includes the preservation of the memorial items left at the Kennedy building, where the shooting took place, and the 49er Miner statue, a campus symbol. Additionally, members of the campus community are invited to submit digital files  such as photos, text messages, or files in any other format that help to document the events and the response. 

April 30 memorial stones

More information about the project is available on the J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives website.

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