Oral History

Willis Farrington - On growing up in Northside, local businesses, and Northside neighbors

Interviewed by Alexander Stephens on October 18, 2011

This interview is part of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center’s Life History Series. Minister Willis Farrington, an associate pastor at S. Joseph CME Church, grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He grew up going to St. Joseph CME all his life and has never been a member of another church. In 1975 he left Chapel Hill for Durham to attend North Carolina Central. Afterwards, he came back to Chapel Hill and lives there today. He reflects on growing up in the community while walking around Northside. He points out landmarks, houses and the way in which the Northside Community has changed over the years. He discusses local businesses including Mr. Steve’s Barbershop, Mr. Baldwin’s Pool Hall, and Mason’s Grocery. Willis Farrington reflects on James Cates and his death. He also reflects on memories of Northside neighbors and the ways in which they impacted him and the Northside community.

Willis Farrington - On growing up in Northside, local businesses, and Northside neighbors

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Oral history interview of Farrington, WIllis conducted by Stephens, Alexander on October 18, 2011 at Northside, Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Barnhill, Cole.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Willis Farrington - On growing up in Northside, local businesses, and Northside neighbors,” From the Rock Wall, accessed February 26, 2021, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/willis-farrington-2.

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