People of Gaston Exhibit

In 2020, we brought you People of Gaston as a social media project that called upon the residents of Gaston County to help identify the individuals in our Ennis Atkins Photograph Collection. In July of 2021 we took this project a step further and created the People of Gaston Exhibit. Now we are excited to bring you the People of Gaston Exhibit virtually! This exhibit features 13 Gaston County residents of different ages, backgrounds and professions throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s. We need your help to collect as much information as possible on these individuals including names, relationships, city of residence and more. With your help, we hope to bridge the gap in information from the history of our county and learn more about the people who called this place home. 

The Ennis Atkins Collection tells the story of Gaston County through a photographic lens. With photographs spanning over 30 years, the Ennis Atkins Collection captures what it means to be a Gaston County resident from celebrations and performances, to everyday scenes of work and play. A native of Gaston County, Mr. Ennis Woodall Atkins was educated in Gastonia before attending Duke University. He joined his father working for the Gastonia Gazette until 1947, when he established a firm that supplied the Gazette with photographs and photo engravings. He continued to photograph the people and places of Gaston County until his retirement in 1974.

If you have any information on the individuals featured in this exhibit, please contact our Registrar, Markecia Koulesser at 704-922-7681 ext. 107 or markecia.koulesser@gastongov.com.

 

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Julia Lane Underwood, age 3

 February 20, 1964

 

 

 

Two men in Raylass Dept. Store

Gastonia, NC 

c. 1950

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Ailene Sharpe 

December 30, 1964

 

 

 

Coca-Cola employee and statue

 c. 1953

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Linda Williams in formal gown 

September 28, 1966

 

 

 

1950 Miss Firestone

c. 1950

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Policewoman directing children

 October 25, 1955

 

 

 

Three postmen with a dog 

 February 16, 1957

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Red Cross volunteer in uniform

 September 27, 1963

 

 

 

Sailor Freddie A. Hawkins 

 January 2, 1964

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Patsy Brison in scout uniform

June 2, 1966

 

 

 

Barbara Wallace in swimwear

 c. 1954

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Tommy Knowles with trophy 

 March 23, 1967