Oral History

David Caldwell - On the history of environmental racism in the Rogers Road community

Interviewed by Sarah Ransohoff on March 1, 2011

“That’s one reason we’re trying so hard to document everything. Because if you lose your identity, you lose your community…You lose your community, whether it’s from development or people buying it, you lose your identity also. So either way, if you lose either one, you’ve lost completely.”

- David Caldwell

During this interview David Caldwell led a walking tour of the landfill and community of Rogers Road in Orange County, North Carolina. A long-term resident of the historically Black community, David is the Project Director and Community Organizer at Rogers Road. He shows the landfill, the woods in which the streams are contaminated by runoff from the red dirt (caused by the landfill), a historical cemetery, an enslaver's home, and the residential communities. David has rich knowledge and experience with the history of Rogers Road. He speaks on the loss of community, the loss of natural beauty, and of environmental racism.

David Caldwell - On the history of environmental racism in the Rogers Road community

Oral history interview of Caldwell, David conducted by Ransohoff, Sarah on March 1, 2011 at Rogers Road, Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Ransohoff, Sarah.

Citation: Southern Oral History Program, “David Caldwell - On the history of environmental racism in the Rogers Road community,” From the Rock Wall, accessed May 19, 2024, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/david-caldwell-explains-the-history-of-environmental-racism-in-the-historically-black-rogers-road-community.

Rights: Open for research. The Southern Oral History Program (SOHP) welcomes non-commercial use and access that qualifies as fair use to all unrestricted interview materials in the collection. The researcher must cite and give proper credit to the SOHP. The SOHP requests that the researcher informs the SOHP as to how and where they are using the material.

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