The Struggle Continues: Weaving Histories, Stories, Lives

The images in this digital exhibit were part of a physical exhibit produced by the Jackson Center in happy collaboration with the Chapel Hill Public Library.  All of the documentary portraits of Northside neighbords were produced under the direction of their subjects. Many of the topics and people represented in this exhibit have done oral history interviews with the Jackson Center and they are available within this site.  All of the images from Chapel Hill High School students were developed in collaboration with Holly Loranger's U.S. History: Arts Focus course at Chapel Hill High.  The images from and of students K-8 are part of the Jackson Center's archive of images from its Learning Across Generations curriculum, a series of oral and local history workshops offered in area classrooms and on-site in Northside neighborhoods.  The Jackson Center is indebted to Jim Wallace for the donation of over one hundred prints of photos he took as a photographer for UNC's Daily Tar Heel in the early 1960s.  A selection of these photos are featured in his book Courage in the Moment: The Civil Rights Struggle, 1961-1964.

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In this Exhibit

Like Going to Heaven

Della Pollock, Executive Director of the Jackson Center, hails the youth “cypher team” after their improvisational “Knockin’ on the Mayor’s Door” brought the crowd packed in St. Joseph’s sanctuary to its feet during the May Day celebration, 2010.

Jasmine with 8th graders

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around

Jasmine Farmer leads 8th graders at Smith Middle School in an exercise as part of a Civil Rights Workshop

Ruby Farrington (right) and Arthur B. Simons (left) lead a sit-in that paralyzes Franklin Street on February 8, 1964.

Blocking Traffic

Ruby Council, her future husband, and one more participate in a protest that paralyzed Franklin Street on February 8, 1964.

Civil Rights protesters march from St. Joseph C.M.E. to Franklin Street

Freedom Now!

Civil Rights protesters march from St. Joseph C.M.E. to Franklin Street

Emma Beck's Civil Rights Tapestry

Civil Rights Tapestry

Emma Beck transforms local history into her Civil Rights Tapestry.

Remembering Our Historical Roots by Alexa Young

Remembering Our Historical Roots.

Remembering Our Historical Roots  by Alexa Young, inspired by an interview with photographer, Jim Wallace

Marchers on Franklin Street protest at segregated Colonial Drug

Picketing

Marchers on Franklin Street protest at segregated Colonial Drug.

Marchers sing freedom songs to convey their message, elevate their spirits, and boost their collective courage.

How Shall I Keep From Singing?

Marchers sing freedom songs to convey their message, elevate their spirits, and boost their collective courage.

It was Time!

Rev. Albert and Mrs. Eloise Williams in front of their home in Chapel Hill. Williams was the first African-American firefighter in Chapel Hill.

Lincoln High Silhouette, composed by Julie Mao

Mighty, Mighty Tigers

Lincoln High Silhouette, composed by Julie Mao, inspired by an interview with David Mason Jr., held in the Jackson Center Oral History Trust

Dedication of the Yonnie Chapman Memorial Library

Sustaining Through Struggle

Dedication of the Yonnie Chapman Memorial Library at the second annual May Day Festival and debut of the “Facing Our Neighbors” exhibit from which the portraits and transcriptions shown here are drawn.

Brooke Sobolewski responds artistically to stories of community in Northside

The Fabric of Community

Brooke Sobolewski responds artistically to stories of community in Northside

Renowned, national activist, James Farmer, speaks at a civil rights gathering at First Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, NC.

This is our Call! This is our Birthright!

Renowned, national activist, James Farmer, speaks at a civil rights gathering at First Baptist.  Rev. Manley, pastor at First Baptist for sixty-six years, sits in the background.

Emma Anderson listened to an interview with James Foushee and responded artistically in her piece.

We Shall Not Be Moved

Emma Anderson listened to an interview with James Foushee and responded artistically in her piece.

“Grillmaster” Calvin Smith

Without Walls

“Grillmaster” Calvin Smith, a community leader and steward of St. Joseph’s, cooks 1100 hotdogs at St. Joseph’s “Frangelism in the Park” gospel music celebration in 2007.