Fred Battle

A pillar of the community, Fred Battle, known by many as "Butch" or "Toro," grew up in Northside and played on the state champion Lincoln High football team. Heavily involved in the local civil rights movement, he went on to direct the Hargraves Community Center, serve on the Chapel Hill Town Council, was president of the local chapter of the NAACP and was a life-long champion of social justice causes.

Fred Battle - On his childhood, education, sit-ins, and school integration

Fred Battle - On his childhood, education, sit-ins, and school integration

This interview is part of an oral history project called Southern Communities: Listening for a Change: Mighty Tigers--Oral HIstories of Chapel Hill's Lincoln High School. The interviewes were conducted from 2000-2001, by Bob Gilgor, with former teachers, staff, and students from Chapel Hill, N.C.'s Lincoln High School, the historically black secondary school that closed in 1962 when a school desegregation plan was implemented. Interviewees discuss African American life and race relations in Chapel Hill, as well as education, discipline, extracurricular activities, and high school social life before and after integration.
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Fred Battle - On the African American freedom struggle and Civil Rights Movement in Chapel Hill

Fred Battle - On the African American freedom struggle and Civil Rights Movement in Chapel Hill

Audio recordings of interviews conducted by Yonni Chapman with participants in the African American freedom struggle and the civil rights movement in and around Chapel Hill, N.C.
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