Charlotte Talks Looks At Health Department Recommendations, Camp Greene Centennial

Jul 13, 2017

Postcard from Camp Greene from 1917-1918
Credit "Aeroplane View, Camp Greene, Charlotte, N.C.", Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Results of the consultant’s report on problems at the Mecklenburg County Health Department and the history and legacy of Camp Greene which opened 100 years ago this month to train 40,000 soldiers for World War I.

Part One: Recommendations for Mecklenburg County's Health Dept.

Last week, we talked about problems at Mecklenburg County's health department stemming from the department's failure to notify women about abnormal Pap smear results. On Tuesday, county leaders were presented with the results of a review conducted by consultants hired by the county.

We'll discuss what the review found and the recommendations for how the department might move forward, with the county manager and a WFAE reporter that was at the County Commission meeting.

Guests

Dena Diorio - Mecklenburg County Manager

Alexandra Olgin - Reporter for WFAE

Part Two: Charlotte's Camp Greene Celebrates Centennial

In 1917, the United States was entering World War I and the army was setting up training camps to ready men for war. One of those training camps was in Charlotte. Camp Greene, named for Revolutionary War hero General Nathanael Greene, was established 100 years ago this July.

The camp was located at what is now Wilkinson Boulevard and Morehead Street in west Charlotte and brought 40,000 soldiers to Charlotte to train (at its peak, the camp hosted 60,000). At the time, the city's entire population was only 56,000.

It had a huge impact on Charlotte at the time and helped it grow into the city it is today. As we approach the centennial of Camp Greene, we look its history and legacy in Charlotte.

Guests

Marshall Terry - Reporter and WFAE's Morning Edition host. He reported on the history of Camp Greene.

Dr. Heather Perry - Associate Professor of History, UNC Charlotte

Leonard Bennett - Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army and Historian for the 4th Infantry Division, one of three units formed at Camp Greene

Event info:

The Camp Greene Centennial Celebration is July 15-16 with several scheduled events presented by the Historic Camp Greene Neighborhood Association. Details.