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Pottersfield (or Potter's Field)

"We were Potter's Field and Sunset. Students came mostly from Potter's Field and Sunset. So, whites were east of CaldwellS treet. Some of them were on the eastern...endof Caldwell Street. Airport Road. Out in that area. So I did not [pass white students heading to Chapel Hill High while walking to Lincoln]."

- James Atwater

Pottersfield (sometimes spelled "Potter's Field") is a historically Black neighborhood of Chapel Hill North Carolina, located north of West Rosemary Street and west of Columbia Street. The neighborhood was established over 100 years ago as a home for Black workers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including the stone masons who built the university's famous stone walls.

From its beginnings, the neighborhood was made up of mostlysingle-family, owner-occupied homes. In the 1960s, urban renewal planners wanted to use the land in Potter's Field for other purposes, offering residents money to sell their homes and move elsewhere, but neighbors came together and fought back to preserve the character of their neighorhood, seeking federal funding to improve their homes and build new resident-owned homes in the immediate vicininty.

Pottersfield (or Potter's Field)

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Citation: “Pottersfield (or Potter's Field),” From the Rock Wall, accessed July 7, 2022, https://fromtherockwall.org/places/potters-field.

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