Built about 1954 and occupied for over six decades by barber and community leader Albert D. Neal. “If you are a male and native Charlottean, chances are A.D. Neal gave you, or your son, and/or grandson your first haircut,” said his funeral program in 2016. “His career as a barber spanned more than 75 years to include over 50 years of owning and operating Neal’s Barber Shop.”
Mr. Neal’s community leadership started early. As a teenager at newly opened West Charlotte High, he not only was the school’s first football quarterback but also wrote the school song. As an Army sergeant during World War II he was chosen to be on the crew that loaded the first atomic bomb. In 1960 when JCSU college students conducted sit-ins at Charlotte lunch counters, A.D. Neal’s support helped rally the community behind the young activists.