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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William Carter

"And so, we started to talk—singing, organizing a little bit, marching a little bit, and then that’s when we started forming this executive committee." - William Carter

Linda Carver

"So when you’re in your communities and you’re going through black neighborhoods, it was like you were in a whole different world. So it was like, racism didn’t affect you when you were going through your neighborhood." - Linda Carver

Terry Carver

"We all gathered on Sundays; you couldn't do anything but visit family. There was no such thing as stores and stuff open you know, so pretty much you visited family on those days. You'd have the cousins and everybody around you, grandparents and you just kind of listened and heard what they talked…

Marvin Chambers

James Middleton Chang

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Doug Clark

"My dad would go to work in the morning. Go to the South building to work before the post office. And then he would leave there and go straight to the Carolina Inn. And he probably wouldn’t come home till nine or ten o’clock." - Doug Clark, Sr.

Rebecca Clark

"I would get no more than ten dollars a week, if that much. But it began to go up to twenty-five. And then I was asking for fifty." - Rebecca Clark

Mary Cole

"My parents always taught us, 'You know who you are.' No matter what you say to me or what you call me, I know who I am." - Mary Cole

Chelsea Cooper

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Marquette Costen

Odessa Cotten

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Edric Cotton

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Euyvonne Cotton

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Thurman Couch

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Katherine Council

"My name is Katherine Council and everybody calls me Mama Kat for the simple reason that when I had my first grandchild I didn’t want to be called grandma because I didn’t want men to stop looking at me!" - Katherine "Mama Kat" Council Born and raised in Northside, Katherine "Mama Kat" Council…

Mildred Council

"All of us cooked except one. And we learned how by eyes, you know." - Mildred Council

William Cureton

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Betsy Battle Davis

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Cecilia Davis

"[Lincoln] wasn’t integrated and I didn’t know anything about integrated schools, cause I never went to one and I never worked at one. But I loved working at Lincoln." - Cecilia Davis

John Ray Davis

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Marion Davis

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Nate Davis

Nate Davis was born and raised in Northside and graduated from Lincoln High School. He stayed in the area and was drawn into working with youth by his mentor, Fred Battle. He went on to become the director of the Hargraves Community Center, dedicating his life to supporting young people in…

Shirley Davis

"My mother worked for one of the richest men in Chapel Hill, Milton Julian, he owned a clothing store. She raised all of his kids, 7 kids, and we all grew up together." - Shirley Davis

Jarrett Dawson

Jarrett Dawson grew up with family ties to Northside and spent much of his childhood growing up in Florence, North Carolina while discovering his talents as a musician. For a time, his family moved to Patterson, New Jersey where he also has a lot of extended family. As a young adult, he finished…