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Join Chapel Hill Public Library staff and community members as we uncover the untold histories of Chapel Hill. We seek to reckon with our past to figure out where we came from and why it matters for our shared future.
Season one of Re/Collecting Chapel Hill was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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Join Chapel Hill Public Library staff and community members as we uncover the untold histories of Chapel Hill. We seek to reckon with our past to figure out where we came from and why it matters for our shared future.
Season one of Re/Collecting Chapel Hill was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

    9: Voices - CJ Suitt

    9: Voices - CJ Suitt

    CJ Suitt (he/him/they/them) is a performance poet, arts educator, and community organizer from Chapel Hill, N.C., whose work is rooted in storytelling and social justice.


    CJ most recently was appointed as the first Poet Laureate of Chapel Hill. He is committed to speaking truth to power and aims to be a bridge for communities who can’t always see themselves in each other.


    This episode was produced by Klaus Mayr and edited by Klaus and Molly.
    Links:
    Chapel Hill Poet Laureate | CJ Suitt | Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture — In November of 2019, the Town of Chapel Hill appointed artist, educator, and activist CJ Suitt as the first Poet Laureate of the community. In The Aftermath | Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture — In The Aftermath is a poem written and performed by Chapel Hill Poet Laureate CJ Suitt. This work was prompted by the current times and hopes to recognize community, nostalgia, and hope for the future.Tracks Music Library | Sonny MilesTracks Music Library | RowdyYOUTH COUNCIL | chcnaacp — On June 6th, 2020, the Chapel Hill Carrboro NAACP Youth Council hosted a Social Justice Rally to honor our slain brothers and sisters.

    Thank you to activist Alicea Davis for allowing us to share her performance of "A Change Is Gonna Come" in this episode.

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    8: Elizabeth Cotten

    8: Elizabeth Cotten

    Join Chapel Hill Public Library staff and community members as we uncover the untold histories of Chapel Hill, from the inside out and bottom up.


    In this episode we dive into Chapel Hill's musical history, starting with one of its most beloved artists, Elizabeth Cotten. We search for signs of Chapel Hill in Cotten's music and learn about life for a young Black girl growing up in the turn of the century South.


    Producer, Mandella Younge, joins Molly as co-host for this episode. Special thanks to Glenn Hinson, Brent Glass, and the Chapel Hill Historical Society.


    This episode was written, produced and edited by Mandella Younge and Molly Luby.
    Links:
    Mike Seeger Collection at UNC Wilson Library — the collection includes dozens of recordings Seeger made of Elizabeth Cotten, playing, speaking and in concert. This black female musician you may not know has written songs you probably do | GMAThe Carolina times. (Durham, N.C.) 1919-current, July 03, 1976, Second Section, Page 23, Image 23 · North Carolina Newspapers — Ms. Cotten shows up on the lineup several timesThe Myth of Southern Exceptionalism - Google Books — The chapter "Black as Folk: The Southern Civil Rights Movement and the Folk Music Revival" by Grace Elizabeth Hale paints rural Black southerners as "the folk" in a bid for Northern white sympathies during the Civil Rights Movement. The advantages, limitations, and who it left behind. Cotten, Elizabeth (c. 1893–1987) | Encyclopedia.com — We recommend the great list of sources at the bottom.John Ullman's liner notes — Extensive notes from Cotten's posthumously released album, Shake SugareeLiner notes from When I'm Gone — Extensive liner notes on When I'm Gone were compiled from taped conversations with Elizabeth Cotten, Alice Gerrard, and Mike Seeger between 1966 and 1979Elizabeth Cotten playlist on SpotifyPublic Art | Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture — As part of the North Carolina Musicians Mural Project, the Elizabeth Cotten mural honors the local blues legend and her lasting impact on the community.

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    7: What Comes Next. Silent Sam part 3

    7: What Comes Next. Silent Sam part 3

    In August, 2018 student activists toppled UNC's confederate monument, Silent Sam. In our final part of our 3-part series exploring the history of the statue, we dig into the question: what comes after Silent Sam?

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    6: James Cates. Silent Sam part 2

    6: James Cates. Silent Sam part 2

    Part 2, in our 3-part Silent Sam series.


    In this episode, we share the story of James Cates. James was born and raised in Chapel Hill. In 1970, when he was just 22-years-old, he was murderd on UNC campus.


    Journalist Mike Ogle has spent years researching the life and death of James Cates. We'll share his work and hear from community members who knew Cates, including those with him when he died.


    Season one of Re/Collecting Chapel Hill was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
    Links:
    James Cates — This research was compiled and published by Mike Ogle on October 26, 2018 on Twitter.

    • 37 min
    5: An Old Argument. Silent Sam part 1

    5: An Old Argument. Silent Sam part 1

    What was the meaning of the American Civil War? And why are we still arguing over this some 150 years later? In this, the first of our 3-part series on Silent Sam, we explore the purpose of confederate monuments and their impact on the African American community in Chapel Hill.


    From the work of United Daughters of the Confederacy in the early 1900s to spread their version of history throughout the south, to the first stirrings of the Black Power Movement at the end of the 1960s, we will hear how the white south's lost cause mythology affected the lives of black people, and how young Chapel Hillians began to push back on that narrative.


    We introduce one of our associate producers in this episode, Klaus Mayr. Klaus spent countless hours researching histories, collecting audio, and assisting in editing all three parts of our Silent Sam series.


    This episode was written and produced by Klaus Mayr, Molly Luby, and Danita Mason-Hogans. Editing by Klaus and Molly. Mixing by Ryan Chamberlain. With thanks to Aaron Keane for audio recording, technical assitance, and production coaching.


    Season one of Re/Collecting Chapel Hill was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
    Links:
    The Ku Klux Klan: or Invisible empire - Laura Martin Rose - Google Books — Who were the Ku Klux? Where did the Klan originate? What was its object and mission?Silent Sam: The Confederate Monument at the University of North CarolinaSilent Sam — We created this site to help people learn about UNC’s Confederate monument. It tells a story that is vitally important at this moment in the life of our university, state, and nation. We believe that knowing the past is a necessary first step toward creating a better future. The Silent Sam Syllabus: A Module for Teaching Confederate Monumentality — Monument Lab — Where did all these monuments come from? What were they meant to symbolize, and how has that symbolism changed over time? Who built them, and for whom were they intended? How does one differentiate between American history and American mythology? What should be done with these monuments?Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina | Confederate Monument, UNC (Chapel Hill) — Julian Carr spoke at the dedication of the monument in 1913. His speech recounted the heroic efforts of the men the monument honored as well as the women on the home front. The speech also spoke to the racialized nature of the commemoration as Carr tells this story: “100 yards from where we stand, less than 90 days perhaps after my return from Appomattox, I horse-whipped a negro wench, until her skirts hung in shreds, because upon the streets of this quiet village she had publicly insulted and maligned a Southern lady.”[Easy Chair] | The Monument Wars, by Rebecca Solnit | Harper's Magazine — “Us,” of course, refers to white people. The history books insist that the North won the war, but in the South it’s hard to find the evidence. If the North had won the war, there would not be statues and street names honoring the defeated leaders. If the North had won the war, our monuments would be to the suffering of slaves and their struggle to be free. If the North had won the war, the Confederate flag would be a symbol of shameful beliefs and military defeat, seen only in museums. If the North had won the war, the war would be over.

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    4: Mayor of Franklin Street

    4: Mayor of Franklin Street

    Public memorials are embedded in our landscape. In this episode we learn the history behind two public memorial benches that bookend the Bolin Creek Trail in Chapel Hill.


    Learn how two men devoted their lives to making our public spaces more open and accessbile for all of us...and how one man tried to stop such work from ever happening.


    This episode was produced and edited by Molly Luby, with help from Mandella Younge, Omar Roque, David Felton, and Susan Brown. Audio mixing by Ryan Chamberlain. 


    Season one of Re/Collecting Chapel Hill was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
    Links:
    Remembering Joe Herzenberg: Lightning Brown recalled as fighter on local, gay issues: Chapel Hill activist dies at 48 — Brown was drafting an ordinance to clarify Chapel Hill's rules for people who run businesses in their homes. It was issues like this one, obscure yet crucial to people's lives, that fired Brown's blood during the past 20 years of being one of the most consistent and persuasive community activists in town. The only thing that finally could stop Brown from getting his way, it seems, was the AIDS virus that finally overwhelmed him Monday. He was 48.
    A-0381 :: Southern Oral History Program Interview Database — Joseph Herzenberg was a member of the Chapel Hill Town Council from 1979-1981 and 1987-1993, and was often said to be the only openly gay elected official in the South during those periods. He discusses (extensively) the evolution of gay politics in North Carolina and his own career in local politics and as a history teacher and civil rights activist, including many details about his campaigns, gay political organizations and opposition to these.Community Center Park scupture honoring Lightning Brown, a community activist and advocate for Chapel Hill greenways — “Community Center Park scupture honoring Lightning Brown, a community activist and advocate for Chapel Hill greenways”  Community Arts & Culture | Town of Chapel Hill, NC — Herzenberg was a noted advocate for the environment, civil liberties, and the interests of low-income people, and he played a great part in the enactment of Chapel Hill's tree protection ordinance, the creation of the Chapel Hill Greenways system, and the preservation of the Chapel Hill downtown historic district.Thank you, Joe Herzenberg | Friends of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation — We remember Joe by making key improvements to the trail he loved and invite others to do the same.The Collected Poems (Book) | Chapel Hill Public Library | BiblioCommons — Price wrote a series of poems for Lightning Brown, before and after Brown's death. Find them all in this collection. Feasting the Heart (Book) | Chapel Hill Public Library | BiblioCommons — Find the full essay about Lightning Brown, "A Single Death Among Many," in this Reynolds Price collection. The essay concludes with Price's poem "Scattering Lightning on the Slave Cemetery in Chapel Hill."The Tougaloo Nine Remembered | American Libraries Magazine — Geraldine Edwards Hollis was one of nine young African American students at the historically black Tougaloo College in Mississippi who were arrested for entering the whites-only public library in Jackson on March 27, 1961. In a Sunday program titled “Desegregating Public Libraries,” Hollis told what happened that day, when they requested books not held by the “colored” branch of the library and were arrested by police because they did not belong there. A local newspaper called the read-in the “first move to integrate public facilities in Jackson.”

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