Oral History

Cleo Caldwell - On her family's musical talent, growing up in Northside, and returning to the neighborhood

Interviewed by Andrea Wuerth on February 12, 2018

In this interview, Cleo Caldwell, 53, discusses growing up in the Northside neighborhood surrounded by extended family and, in particular, her cousins who became policemen and civil rights activists. Cleo’s mother and sisters were known for their musical talents—her mother played piano and her sisters sang in Susie Weaver’s traveling gospel group—and her father worked for Bynum Weaver’s funeral home. Cleo, a singer herself, sings one of her favorites (take a listen) and talks about leaving and returning to the home she grew up in on Chapel Street. She also tried following in her father’s footsteps and learned the undertaking business before deciding it was not for her. She moved to Charlotte, SC, where she raised her daughter. She twice survived bouts with breast cancer. Today she is a major presence in the neighborhood and is known for her good repore with students and advocacy for neighborliness. She proudly takes on the role of neighborhood watch and community facilitator.

Cleo Caldwell - On her family's musical talent, growing up in Northside, and returning to the neighborhood

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Oral history interview of Caldwell, Cleo conducted by Wuerth, Andrea on February 12, 2018 at 503 Chapel St., Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Wuerth, Andrea.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Cleo Caldwell - On her family's musical talent, growing up in Northside, and returning to the neighborhood,” From the Rock Wall, accessed November 29, 2021, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/cleo-caldwell-2.

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