Donny "Hollywood" Riggsbee
"We had some old regular houses with tin on them...They were in a row, lined up on Hargraves Street...everybody up there was some kin."
- Donny "Hollywood" RiggsbeeDonnie "Hollywood" Riggsbee was born and raised in the Tin Top neighborhood in Carrboro. He was the first black employee at Colonial Drug store and developed a personal relationship with owner, John Carswell. Always a fan of a little flash, he spent his weekends dancing and enjoying the life of a "catbird." He lives in Carrboro and volunteers regularly at Heavenly Groceries food ministry at St. Joseph CME church.
Donny "Hollywood" Riggsbee - On growing up in Chapel Hill, segregation, and his work experiences
Donny "Hollywood" Riggsbee - On his childhood, food memories, and working at UNC
Donny "Hollywood" Riggsbee - On his family, nickname, and experiences working
"...we called it Tin Top, because all the houses that were on top had [roofs] with tin on it."
- Donny "Hollywood" Riggsbee
This interview provides insight into the background of Donny “Hollywood” Riggsbee, a long-term Northside neighborhood resident. He shares his experiences living with 12 siblings, the areas of NC in which he lived, and his family’s interactions with UNC students. Hollywood goes into depth about how his parents met in Chatham County, and the deaths of some of their children. When growing up, his family had little money to support him and his siblings. He speaks on the relationship to the owner of a drugstore near Merritt Mill and the drugstore owner’s son. Furthermore, he speaks on how he received his nickname “Hollywood.” He got his nickname in 1969 at a school talent show to raise money for band uniforms. He recalls being a good dancer and competing in contests at local clubs and discos. The interview is concluded with his observations of worker mistreatment at UNC, and his personal work life in housekeeping and other positions.
Donny "Hollywood" Riggsbee - On swimming and friends
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