Teachers, Artisans, and Entrepreneurs: Black Work in a Southern Town

Welcome to Teachers, Artisans, and Entrepreneurs: Black Work in a Southern Town. Join us in a virtual exhibit that takes you through different locations in Chapel Hill to learn about the ingenuity necessary to creating and sustaining a thriving economy for Black Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

For generations, the Black population in southern Orange County has been part of a vast labor network. Their labor has supported and cared for community members near and far. Formal and informal labor helped neighbors create an independent economy that helped them fight against white supremacy. Black workers are changemakers. Together, they have brought an enormous amount of creativity and care to their work, building a community of abundance.

The full exhibit will launch in summer 2022, but for now enjoy a sneak peek focusing on the relationship between labor and faith. Use the "Respond" button if you have a story to tell or things we need to see about the connections between faith and labor!

Thank you to Clementine Self and Reverend Albert Williams for sharing their knowledge and providing critical feedback, and to Kimber Heinz and Scaffold Exhibits & Consulting.

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center received an American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant from North Carolina Humanities, www.nchumanities.org. Funding for this grant was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act economic stabilization plan.

Along with NC Humanities, this exhibit was made possible by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation.


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