Oral History

Dolores Clark - On the history of Black builders in her family

Interviewed by Kathy Atwater on April 6, 2023

This interview is part of a series on Black builders in Orange County. Dolores Clark, a long-term resident of Chapel Hill, explains how her family has a history of building several structures, including university buildings, homes, and churches in the Chapel Hill area. Clark describes how her great-grandparents, who were enslaved in Orange County, passed down knowledge of construction and masonry through the family. Her family constructed many buildings in the surrounding areas. In addition, Clark describes how racism, discrimination, and harassment had an effect on her family and her personal upbringing, in relation to topics such as education. Moreover, Clark explains the dangers that African American people faced throughout different time periods in her family history, including how the family was terrorized and harassed by members of the community and the Ku Klux Klan. The interview also discusses the role that faith and community involvement played in the family, especially during periods when the family was experiencing tough times.

Dolores Clark - On the history of Black builders in her family

Dolores Clark - On the history of Black builders in her family

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Oral history interview of Clark, Dolores conducted by Atwater, Kathy on April 6, 2023 at Marian Cheek Jackson Center, Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Galofaro, Julianna.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Dolores Clark - On the history of Black builders in her family,” From the Rock Wall, accessed April 18, 2024, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/dolores-clark.

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