Born in 1925, Isabel Atwater has near a century of lived experience in Orange County. A self-described “country girl,” she grew up raising animals and building gardens. Atwater remembers growing up in the Jim Crow South and finding strength in the Black community and the Black-owned businesses that used to line Franklin Street. In the ‘60s, Atwater witnessed the marches and direct action demonstrations that took place Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Isabel Atwater - On growing up during World War II, Black businesses, and Civil Rights
Isabel Atwater - On her family's laundry business (clip)
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