Before it was a financial center, a boomtown, a skyscraper city, Charlotte was a quiet collection of churches and cotton mills. All of that changed during World War I, when the city played host to a military training camp.
Shout bands gave the Charlotte African-American community something of its own in the early 20th century. Colorful parades. Mass baptisms. And a haunting, beautiful sound that transcended race and time, and still moves people today.