Documents

"Black History, Our History"

To learn more about the erasure of Black people and history from Chapel Hill, read "Black History, Our History" by Cynthia Edwards-Paschall for Chapel Hill Magazine.

"Fighting Environmental Racism in North Carolina"

The article, "Fighting Environmental Racism in North Carolina," by Vann R. Newkirk II in The New Yorker details the long history of environmental racism committed by local governments against the Rogers-Eubanks neighborhood. The reporter discussed the history with Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood…

"Lane to discuss new leader; Chambers 'vision, zeal' cited"

Dr. Alex A. Chambers served as pastor at St. Joseph CME Church from 1964-1967. This article from The Jackson Sun in Jackson, Tennessee details Dr. Chambers funeral services. Photo courtesy of Patricia "Pat" Jackson and St. Joseph CME Church.

"President of Lane dies"

Dr. Alex A. Chambers served as pastor at St. Joseph CME Church from 1964-1967. This newspaper article announcing his passing lists his accomplishments while serving as President of Lane College. Photo courtesy of Patricia "Pat" Jackson and St. Joseph CME Church.

"Putting the Past in Focus" - The "Gray Ladies" of N.C. Memorial Hospital

This newspaper article from The Chapel Hill Herald discusses Chapel Hill's "Gray Ladies," who volunteered their caregiving services in hospitals. Photo courtesy of Patricia "Pat" Jackson and St. Joseph CME Church.

"The Quaker Freedmen's school in Chapel Hill"

This article details the history of the Quaker Freedmen's School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Freedmen's school later became the Orange County Training School.

Deed to St. Joseph CME Church

While the land that St. Joseph CME Church sits on was originally allocated for Lincoln High School, the town made the decision that the site was too small to serve all of the Black high school students in Orange County. Trustees of St. Joseph worked together, some even mortgaging their homes, to…

Dishing It Up at Heavenly Groceries

The food ministry at St. Joseph C.M.E. began in 2004 as part of Rev. Troy F. Harrison’s vision of a “church without walls.” Initially a bread ministry stocked with loaves and coffeecakes donated by an Entemann’s Bakery Outlet, the ministry has grown to a grocery-style, no-documentation-needed, fresh…

H. Lee Waters Logbook, Volume 1, Pages 148-149

History of Lincoln High School by Mr. Edwin Caldwell

In June 1973, Mr. Edwin Caldwell wrote a history of Lincoln High School for Lincoln High School Alumni Association. Starting with the establishment of the "Free School," Mr. Caldwell details the events leading up to the renaming of O.C.T.S. to Lincoln High School. To read the history, click here.

History of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

This article is a brief history of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church from the CME Church calendar. Photos courtesy of Mrs. Patricia "Pat" Jackson and St. Joseph CME Church.

Map of Pritchard's Field

On and Off the Midway

In 1957 in Chapel Hill, only 3 restaurants in Chapel Hill were desegregated, those owned and run by the immigrant Danziger family. Otherwise, Jim Crow laws kept Black residents from sharing a lunch counter, much less a table with whites. Breaking bread together would be one of the last thresholds of…

Order of Service from Rev. Alex A. Chamber's Service of Memory

Dr. Alex A. Chambers served as pastor at St. Joseph CME Church from 1964-1967. His Service of Memory took place at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee on March 23, 1992. This pamphlet includes his obituary and information on the service. Photo courtesy of Patricia "Pat" Jackson and St. Joseph CME…

Poem on Northside by Jasmine (Juice) Farmer

I never truly understood the meaning of community until I witnessed The Northside.I knew the power of a village and the power of prayer,But I had never been a part of a community more powerful, more stronger, & a place that seeped resilience more than the northside.I only got to experience the…

Roster of Ministers at St. Joseph CME Church

St. Joseph CME Church has maintained a roster of their ministers from 1932 to the present. Photos courtesy of Mrs. Patricia Jackson and St. Joseph CME Church

The Christian Index - Volume 120, No. 5

The Christian Index is the official publication of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. This edition from March 1, 1987 includes the inaugural address of Dr. Alex A. Chambers, the new president of Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. Dr. Chambers served as pastor at St. Joseph CME Church from…

The Lenoir Strike:  A Story of Food and Fearlessness

The UNC Food Workers Strike, or what is commonly known as the Lenoir Strike, of 1969 catalyzed concern about the working conditions of cafeteria workers at UNC, many of whom were Northside residents. Led by Mary Smith and Elizabeth Brooks, the nearly year-long strike put gender and race at the…

The Porches of Northside

The front porch.  The space between inside and outside, private and public worlds.  A place for friends and family to gather and to renew the essential connections that make up community.  A place to sit and watch out; a place from which to receive the waves of passing neighbors and strangers as…

Timeline of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

This timeline details the history of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Photos courtesy of Mrs. Patricia "Pat" Jackson and St. Joseph CME Church.

Waters Films Showing Black Residents in Chapel Hill in 1939 (Reel 1)

Photographer H. Lee Waters traveled across North Carolina and parts of South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee from 1936-1942 to film small communities. These videos, which he named “Movies of Local People” aired in local movie theaters, often before feature films. Trying to film as many people as…

Waters Films Showing Black Residents in Chapel Hill in 1939 (Reel 2)

Photographer H. Lee Waters traveled across North Carolina and parts of South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee from 1936-1942 to film small communities. These videos, which he named “Movies of Local People” aired in local movie theaters, often before feature films. Trying to film as many people as…