"Change is gonna happen, but the important thing is, you be a part of the change."
- Wanda Weaver
Wanda Weaver and Kathy Atwater - Speaking about family and the Northside community
To learn more about Wanda Weaver's search for her mother's music, click here to read the article, "The Search For Susie Weaver's 'Freedom In Chapel Hill'," from WUNC.
Wanda Weaver - On Bynum Weaver Funeral Home (clip)
Wanda Weaver: My dad was the owner and operator of Chapel Hill Funeral Home, which is only two funeral homes that was in Chapel Hill, a black funeral home and a white funeral home. Walker’s Funeral Home which is on Franklin street still there and right here on Graham Street was Chapel Hill Funeral Home- Which was the black funeral home. What my dad did, because black people weren’t allowed to go to Memorial Hospital they had to go to the hospital in Durham. Memorial is UNC hospital. And there was no way to get them there because the ambulance would not take them there; so he developed an ambulance service out of what they used to have before station wagons. Remember the big station wagons? And, then he had an ambulance, actually got an ambulance as well. So he would transport the people from Chapel Hill to the hospi- Lincoln hospital in Durham where they can be seen. And he also, like I said, operated the funeral home where my mother assisted him there. Ms. Marian Jackson was the, one of the secretaries at the time also, and so he was the kind of person that opened up the doors and helped everybody as well. Mainly with funerals. They couldn’t afford to buy a casket, they could afford to *inaudible* a funeral. My dad would eat the cost. So for the families he really reached out in order to help them during time of bereavement.
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