Frederick Apartments (Former home of W. J. Cash)
Plaque acknowledging the apartments as the former home of W. J. Cash. The plaque states that Cash lived in the apartments from 1939 to 1940, but Cash in fact moved into the apartment in 1938.
Backstory and Context
The Frederick Apartments included two types of residences--one or two-room "bachelor apartments" and larger "housekeeping" units intended for single women or families. The three-story building is relatively typical of medium-sized apartments constructed at the time.
The apartments are historically significant for another reason. From 1938 to 1940, journalist W.J. Cash lived in the apartments. At the time, Cash was associate editor of The Charlotte News. During his time in the Frederick Apartments, Cash completed the manuscript for The Mind of the South, the classic exploration of the Southern psyche. Cash committed suicide in Mexico City in 1941, shortly after the book's publication.