Meet our Neighbors

"A lot of times you have to just listen--and be a listener."

Mr. Robert Revels

Meet the people who built the stone walls that surround the University, led movements for fair labor and housing across Chapel Hill/Carrboro, and fought for the freedom of all Black Americans.


Delores Bailey

"People need to know where our power lies" - Delores Bailey Delores Bailey lives in Northside on Graham Street in a historic stone house that was built in the ‘40s by the Farrar brothers. Having lived in this house since she was a child, Bailey has seen a lot of change in the neighborhood. She still…

Quinton Baker

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Kara Baldwin

Emily Banks

Born and Raised in New York, Emily Banks moved south to Chapel Hill in 1970. Her faith is foundational for how she moves through the world, and she is an active member and leader of St. Joseph CME Church. Banks is proud of her family history and the many accomplishments of her children.

Ezra Barbee

"And at that particular time, my grandfather had a heart attack. He said, 'Well, look, son, I’m going to tell you this: Either you are going to finish this job, or you are going to go home.' So that was my fuel up under my whatever. You can go do it or go home. So, I got it." - Ezra Barbee Ezra…

Stephanie Barnes-Simms

Stephanie Barnes-Simms grew up in Baltimore, but her North Carolina heritage runs deep. Daughter of a school teacher and a police officer, Barnes-Simms felt the call to work in community development and moved back to the state for the second time in the early 2000s.

Alice Battle

"There wasn't any question about whether you were going to school or not. There wasn't any question about whether you were going to excel in school. There wasn't any question about whether you were going to college. It was just where are you going to go to college? Where can we afford for you to go…

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…

Donna Bell

Donna Bell grew up in New Bern, North Carolina and believes in the power of working hard for a life of which you can be proud. Over the years, her studies and experiences led her to becoming a social worker and therapist. She has also been an active member of Chapel Hill Town Council and currently…

Norma Bell

Norma Bell is a mother and grandmother. She comes from a family that has long provided rich food for the community of Chapel Hill through restaurants like Bill’s Barbeque and Mama Dip’s.

Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell is a longtime Northside community member, who grew up walking to high school football games in Carrboro and playing at Hargraves. He attended Lincoln High School before Chapel Hill public schools were desegregated. These days, he volunteers at Heavenly Groceries and is an active member…

Anita Booth

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Charles Booth

Mr. Charles Booth was born in Chapel Hill and lived here all his life (79 years). His parents lived in Orange County but passed away when he was very young. Mr. Booth's aunt Fannie took him in when he was a little boy and he has lived in the same house ever since. He married Ruth and now they live…

Ruth Booth

Ms. Ruth Booth was born and raised in Chatham County on a 100 acre private farm owned by her grandfather. At the age of 17 she was tired of picking cotton and corn and decided to leave Chatham and move to Chapel Hill. Ms. Booth was a former member of Hamlet Chapel. When she moved to Chapel Hill she…

Shirley Bradshaw

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Willie Bradshaw

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Carolyn Briggs

Carolyn Briggs grew up on S. Merritt Mill road in a two-story rock house. As a child, she walked over a mile to go to elementary school in Northside – no matter if it was raining, snowing, or sleeting. She is a graduate of Lincoln High School and participated in the Civil Rights Movement in Chapel…

James Brittian

"[The Black teachers] were looked upon as gods." - James Brittian

Carol Brooks

Carol Books was young when the Civil Rights Movement came to Chapel Hill, but she remembers how it felt to be here at that time. After she graduated from Lincoln High School, she attended Durham Tech. She devoted 32 years of her life to serving UNC’s Pediatric Ward, work which she loved and misses…

James Bryan II

Joseph "Buck" Burnette

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Catharyne Butler

DeLeon Bynum

DeLeon Bynum grew up on a farm about 4 miles west of Carrboro where he and his family grew tobacco, corn, and cotton. He started plowing when he was just seven years old. As a child, he attended Orange County Training School and later was a member of the first class of Lincoln High School. He became…

Deloris Bynum

Deloris Bynum, the oldest of seven siblings, grew up in Chapel Hill and has been here all her life. Her mother worked in the infirmary as a nurse’s aide, and her father was a chef. In high school, Bynum was a member of the cheerleading squad, and she eventually married her high school sweetheart who…