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"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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…