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St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church

First imagined by worshippers of Black and Native American descent who gathered to worship under a grape vine arbor on December 29, 1864, St. Paul A.M.E. Church was accepted into the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1870. Its members built the first church, a log cabin, on Merritt Mill Road. The land was purchased in 1878 and a new church building constructed in 1892. The church has recently purchased 22 acres of land in north Chapel Hill to create St. Paul Village, the future site of a new and expanded church building.

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 Arminta Foushee - On St. Paul AME Church

"After the announcements were said I had this motto I would state, every Sunday I would say, "We are so happy to have you worshiping with us, we hope you would come back again." And St. Paul’s motto was: "visitors are strangers but once."" - Arminta Foushee Aminta Foushee shares photographs and a…

 Arminta Foushee and Christian Foushee-Green

 Arminta Foushee, Christian Foushee-Green, and Dolores Eunice Farrington at St. Paul AME Church

 Brian Toomey - On his outreach work and services of the health center

Brian Toomey majored in History and wanted to teach after graduation. He moved to Carrboro in 2010 from Massachusetts. He speaks in detail about the services of the health center he works at and the outreach work for the Northside Neighborhood. Toomey notes that one of the difficulties of reaching…

 Christian Foushee-Green at St. Paul AME Church

 Clayton Weaver - On his parents, education, and Northside

“I tell you young people, stay up with your peers. Never lose track of them.” - Clayton Weaver Weaver was born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC on Cameron Avenue. His great-uncle bought their family home in 1929 for $3000. He went to school at Northside Elementary. Weaver provides background on who…

 Clyde Perry - On his childhood, family, education, and integration

This interview is part of an oral history project called Southern Communities: Listening for a Change: Mighty Tigers--Oral HIstories of Chapel Hill's Lincoln High School. The interviewes were conducted from 2000-2001, by Bob Gilgor, with former teachers, staff, and students from Chapel Hill, N.C.'s…

 Congregation at St. Paul AME Church

 Darrell Foushee, Easter 1992

Darrell Foushee stands in front of St. Paul AME Church on Easter Sunday in 1992. Photo courtesy of Arminta Foushee.

Faith

Faith has always been a critical part of the life of Chapel Hill/Carrboro’s Black community. Prior to emancipation, enslaved people people worshiped in segregated sections of Chapel of the Cross, University Baptist Church, and other churches run by white residents. But Black church-goers quickly…

 Gracie Webb - On changes to the neighborhood and the effects on senior community members

In the interview Mrs. Webb discusses her neighborhood and describes how the house that she grew up in was demolished by the state in order to build a road in its place. Her parents did not want to move but believed that if they refused the state’s offer their home would have been condemned; thus,…

 Marian Cheek Jackson - On community history, family history. and the University of North Carolina

"You have to keep going." - Marian Cheek Jackson Mrs. Marian Cheek Jackson begins with a description of prominent Black businesses that used to exist in the African American community, (including Mason's grocery store); St. Joseph's Christian Methodist Episcopal Church's role in civil rights…

 Mary Norwood Jones - On growing up in Carrboro and her experiences at North Carolina Central University

Mary Norwood Jones is a Chapel Hill Native that attended Lincoln High School while it was still Orange County Training School. She discusses her childhood in the Chapel Hill area around the time of World War II and how the community was close knit. She then goes on to talk about the school and how…

 Minnie James with her daughter Dolores Eunice Farrington

Mrs. Minnie James sits in St. Paul AME Church with her daughter, Mrs. Dolores Eunice Farrington, at the church's 134th anniversary in 1998. Photo courtesy of Arminta Foushee

 Reginald Hildebrand - Coming to St. Paul AME Church (clip)

Reginald Hildebrand (RH): The other connection I have, I developed in Chapel Hill around that time the church. And how that developed, I was living in Durham and had really wanted to attend a church in Durham, to establish myself in that community. I visited the best known AME church in Durham,…

 Reginald Hildebrand - On St. Paul AME Church

"And that was another way that the church related to the community. Providing a place, a home to affirm, and to the degree we could, assist people who were members of the community whatever their particular situation might be, economically or educationally." - Dr. Reginald Hildebrand Dr. Reginald…

 Russell Edwards - On his family, faith, health, and upbringing

Russell Edwards grew up in Chapel Hill and has watched, as well as experienced, many situations that African-Americans dealt with both before, during, and after the civil rights movement took place. He resides in one of the historic African American communities of Chapel Hill and shares his opinions…

 Shirley Bradshaw - On her childhood, education, and school integration

This interview is part of an oral history project called Southern Communities: Listening for a Change: Mighty Tigers--Oral HIstories of Chapel Hill's Lincoln High School. The interviewes were conducted from 2000-2001, by Bob Gilgor, with former teachers, staff, and students from Chapel Hill, N.C.'s…

 St. Paul AME Church 134th Anniversary

For St. Paul AME Church's 134th anniversary in 1998, the church organized a walk from Chapel of the Cross to St. Paul AME Church called Faith on Franklin. In the photo Mrs. Minnie James seated, surrounded by the great grandchildren of Mrs. Fannie Edwards. Photo courtesy of Arminta Foushee.

 St. Paul AME Church Congregation in 1949

Rev. Upshaw stands in front of St. Paul AME Church with his congregation in the summer of 1949. Photo courtesy of Arminta Foushee.

 St. Paul AME Church Men's Choir

 Stanley Vickers - On his childhood, family, and school integration

“I got the sense that it was more than just a job to them [teachers]. I really got the sense from my teachers that they cared about me.” - Stanley Vickers Stanley Vickers has been a member of the Chapel Hill community for a long time. He grew up in Carrboro and attended both Lincoln High School and…

 T.P. Duhart Board Christmas Gala

Minnie James, Helen Redd, and Grace Franklin celebrate together. Ms. Franklin hosted the T.P. Duhart Board Christmas Gala at her home on Lindsey Street.

 T.P. Duhart Board Christmas Party

The T.P. Duhart Board gathered to celebrate Christmas together at Ms. Grace Franklin's house on Lindsey Street. From left to right: Ms. Coble, Ms. Drucilla Suggs, Ms. Doris Cotton, Ms. Maude Oldham, Ms. Louise Hargraves, Ms. Pearl Caldwell, Ms. Helen Redd, Ms. Grace Franklin, Ms. Coy Hargraves, and…

 Thurman Couch - On his childhood, family, and school integration

This interview with Thurman Couch covers growing up in Chapel Hill during high school in the 1950-60s. He attended Lincoln High School before it was shut down in 1962, and then he attended Chapel Hill High School. Couch reflects on his lifestyle, neighborhood, family, religion, school, football…

 Velma Perry - On the history and future of Northside

In the interview Ms. Perry discusses the early history of the Northside community going back to the founding of the University and the introduction of slaves to the area. She then goes on to describe her family history, including her grandfather’s work as an undertaker and a carpenter who built many…

 Willis Farrington - On growing up in Northside, local businesses, and Northside neighbors

This interview is part of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center’s Life History Series. Minister Willis Farrington, an associate pastor at S. Joseph CME Church, grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He grew up going to St. Joseph CME all his life and has never been a member of another church. In 1975 he…

 Young Arminta Foushee at St. Paul AME Church

Ms. Arminta Foushee as a child stands in St. Paul AME Church. The photo was taken in 1966. Photo courtesy of Arminta Foushee

 Young musicians at St. Paul AME Church

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