Oral History

David Caldwell, Jr. - On the integration of Lincoln High School, family, and civil rights

Interviewed by Andrea Wuerth on June 8, 2017

In this interview, the second of two 2017 interviews conducted by Andrea Wuerth, David Caldwell, Jr., discusses his experiences in the newly-integrated Chapel Hill High School. He remembers the difficult early years, describing his accidental role in the riots that took place in Fall 1971, his relationships with other students, and playing football for the Wildcats. He also returns to a previous discussion about his family life especially his father, one of the first Black policemen in Chapel Hill; his mother, a “strong” woman who worked as a maid for the Carmichael family; and his Uncle Hilliard, a civil rights movement leader. He also discusses his experiences with race when he served in the military police and, when he returned from duty, in Chapel Hill. Caldwell shares his views on the town and school system; the importance of remembering local history “so we don’t repeat it”; the importance of voting and activism; and the need to keep up pressure for change on behalf of his community.


David Caldwell, Jr. - On the integration of Lincoln High School, family, and civil rights

Oral history interview of Caldwell, David, Jr. conducted by Wuerth, Andrea on June 8, 2017 at Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) Community Center, Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Wuerth, Andrea.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “David Caldwell, Jr. - On the integration of Lincoln High School, family, and civil rights,” From the Rock Wall, accessed September 20, 2021, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/david-caldwell-jr-3.

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