From the Rock Wall Living Histories of Black Chapel Hill/Carrboro

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"We’re writing our own history."
Ms. Esphur Foster

From the Rock Wall is an interactive site for all who have lived, worked, worshipped, played, and served in–and everyone who wants to join in preserving the future of–historically Black neighborhoods in southern Orange County, NC:  come listen and witness!

  • Welcome

    Hear, see, and feel the power of building our history together.

    Click here to get started
  • Meet our neighbors

    Meet the people who built the stone walls that surround the University, led movements for fair labor and housing across Chapel Hill/Carrboro, and fought for the freedom of all Black Americans.

    Click here to listen to oral histories
  • Explore our history

    Tap into eight generations of joy and struggle here.  Explore images and themes.

    Click here to find sets of recordings and images
  • Say your piece

    Want to add in?  Have a different view?  What do you think?

    The past is what happened; history is the sense we make of it, right here, right now—and what we choose to do with it.

    Click here to grow our history

Do you remember . . .

playing for the Ponderosa, Merritt Mill, the Mountain Boys, or the Baja?

Who played? Who won? Where? Respond here

Did you know that . . .

Northside leader and the first Black female police officer at UNC, Ms. Keith Edwards, fought and, in 1995, won an eight-year battle against racial and gender discrimination?

Listen to Keith's account

Did you know that . . .

Northside drummer, Bubba Norwood, spent ten years on the road with Ike and Tina Turner?

Listen to Bubba tell his story

Did you know that . . .

residents led the creation of forty affordable homes in Northside between 20015 and 2020, with more to come?

Check out the Northside Neighborhood Initiative

Do you remember . . .

listening to Dr. Martin Luther speak at the Roberson Street Center (renamed the Hargraves Community Center in 1973) in 1960?

Learn more about why King was here