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The Hill - Hickory's Historically Black Neighborhood

Created by Heritage Tourism Fall 2020 (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) on December 20th 2020, 1:38:13 am.

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"In 1940 on the Hill, you were Negroes; then, you were Colored. Today you are Black and Black is beautiful. So is your history. For a moment, step back in time; remember where you came from." -Drucella Sudderth Hartsoe. The Hill is a historically Black neighborhood near downtown Hickory. It contained the first Black school in Catawba County and countless Black owned businesses including grocery stores, hotels, cafes, dance halls, barber shops and more. Today the area is better known as Ridgeview, named after the former school.