Oral History

Linda and Terry Carver - On integration, race in Chapel Hill, and medical access

Interviewed by Shinese Purnell and Lowell Thomas Barnett on October 13, 2013

The interview includes discussions about growing up in Chapel Hill during the Civil Rights era and highlights traits of early Chapel Hill life for African American families prior to integration. Both discuss the availability of medical facility access for blacks, how the community operated as a result of limited access, and the significance of midwives and other community members. Linda discusses race relations with white businesses in the community and how these changed as demonstrations and protest increased in the community. Various views on participation in the civil rights movement are discussed along with insights about demonstrations and activities to support integration in Chapel Hill. Parents’ fears surrounding the threat of their children being jailed arrested and the level and nature of violence in opposition to protests in the Chapel Hill community is also discussed. Linda and Terry both discuss their experiences in segregated schools. The experience of integration in community schools and UNC-Chapel Hill are discussed, as Terry was one of the first African American students to integrate, and Linda’s sister was the African American female freshmen to enter UNC-Chapel Hill. Issues surrounding integration such as choosing not to integrate, unavailability of buses throughout the integration process in the Chapel Hill Community is also mentioned. Dialogue about international perceptions of race is included, as Terry spent time abroad in Turkey while serving in the military, and Linda spent time in Greece and Germany. The state of both past and present race relations in the United States is discussed by Linda.  She also talks about the significance of religion and the church during the Civil Rights Movement and religion’s current increasing importance.

The Jim Wallace photo Terry Carver references on page 17 of the transcript is linked below. 

Linda and Terry Carver - On integration, race in Chapel Hill, and medical access

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Oral history interview of Carver, Linda conducted by Purnell, Shinese on October 13, 2013 at Carrboro, NC. Processed by Bullock, Jermara.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Linda and Terry Carver - On integration, race in Chapel Hill, and medical access,” From the Rock Wall, accessed September 20, 2021, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/linda-and-terry-carver-on-integration-race-relations-and-medical-access.

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