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Marshall Park was named for James B. Marshall, Sr., City Manager of Charlotte from 1935 to 1940. Marshall's office in City Hall overlooked this land and he is said to have long envisioned the park.
Marshall Park occupies part of Second Ward, also called Brooklyn, Charlotte's largest African American neighborhood during the first two-thirds of the twentieth century. City officials used federal "urban renewal" funds to demolish Brooklyn during the 1960s. Bulldozers cleared almost 1,500 structures, including 200 businesses and a dozen churches. The City sold part of the acreage to private developers and to an historically white church, keeping a portion to create the Government Center and Marshall Park. Mayor John Belk dedicated the park on June 2, 1973.
Marshall Park has grassy and shaded spaces, plus a small amphitheater that can be reserved for community events.
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