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.

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Karen L. Parker

"Most Black students wanted to go to historically Black colleges or universities because there was a sense of belonging. Because one thing about being one of the handful of Blacks on a predominantly white campus socially you can be very isolated." - Karen L. Parker

Bertina Parrish

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David Parrish

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Melvin Parrish

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Willie Mae Patterson

"My granddad and my grandma they always had a garden. We grew up with a garden and they canned our food. We had a lot and they would can the vegetables, had a lot of tomatoes so they canned the tomatoes, and string beans, so you didn’t have to go back to the store in the wintertime to buy them.…

Joanne Peerman

"We were not allowed into restaurants and nightclubs and the like. So anyone who wanted to go to wholesome family activities would go to school activities and sporting events and musical concerts given by the chorus from school. School played a very, very significant role in the black community. It…

Sallie Pendergraft

Ms. Sallie Pendergraft was born in Winnsboro, SC, lived in Durham as a child, and moved to Chapel Hill, NC, as a teenager. Ms. Sallie is one of the oldest living and active members at First Baptist Church. She co-founded the Lyon Park Family Life and Recreation Center in Durham and served for many…

Gladys Pendergraph Brandon

Garrett Penley

"I learned the whole organic nature of everything in the world. The soil’s alive. The plant’s alive. There’s an interdependence of everything. You realize that it all of a sudden becomes ecology." - Garrett Penley

Clyde Perry

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Ellen Perry

Ms. Ellen Perry has lived in Carrboro for 40 years. As of a fear years ago, she moved into a house that is now being updated by Medicaid, to suit the accommodations she needs. Ellen has cerebral palsy and is a powerful and passionate advocate for disabled populations, both for empowerment for…

Loretta Perry

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Velma Perry

"About a hundred and thirty years there: the same house. People live in it [laughter] right now!" - Velma Perry

Marion Phillips

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Diane Pledger

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Chaitra Powell

"It’s much easier to be anonymous in Chicago or L.A...,But here it’s kind of...natural to say Hi and get to know people, so: it's different but it's good." - Chaitra Powell

Jacqueline Battle Pratt

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Rosa McMasters Prayloe

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