Oral History

Braxton Foushee - On the Civil Rights Movement and issues facing Chapel Hill

Interviewed by Sarah Baker on April 11, 2012

This interview provides a background of Braxton Foushee’s involvement in the Chapel Hill area. He shares his experiences as a committee member during the Civil Rights Movement where he was involved in demonstrations. He describes the various strategies the committee used during the movement as well as the differing views that people had on integration. Mr. Foushee specifically speaks about the university’s interactions with the town as well as student involvement in the movement. He talks about his triumphs within the movement such as integration of the cafeteria in the hospital, but he also notes that there is more work to be done. He talks about present day matters like students not knowing the town’s history.
He also discusses how he is still involved in the community where he elevates the voices of those who aren’t being heard. He concludes the interview by reminiscing on how he grew up and how much the area has changed. He delves into issues such as expansion of Northside, unaffordable housing, and building codes.

Braxton Foushee - On the Civil Rights Movement and issues facing Chapel Hill

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Oral history interview of Foushee, Braxton conducted by Baker, Sarah on April 11, 2012 at Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Selden, Raven.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Braxton Foushee - On the Civil Rights Movement and issues facing Chapel Hill,” From the Rock Wall, accessed February 4, 2023, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/braxton-foushee-2.

Rights: Closed for public access.

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