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The Marian Cheek Jackson Center Oral History Trust grew out of years of listening to neighbors recount their struggles, triumphs, visions, and values.  It gives a rich, layered, and multi-perspectival view of the historically Black neighborhoods that make up what are currently known as Northside and Pine Knolls in Chapel Hill, NC:  Pottersfield, Sunset, Lloyd/Broad, Sunset, and Tin Top.  Northside and Pine Knolls emerged as labor enclaves under Jim Crow.  Their earliest residents included freed men and women who worked primarily for the University and its faculty and administrators and who simultaneously built a tight, internal network of home, church, school, and business.  First, second, and third generation Northsiders led the organization of labor associations at UNC, civil rights action that municipal authorities failed to honor, and coalitions that tempered displacement by the many forms of “urban renewal” that swept across the U.S. in the early 70s.  The oral histories gathered in the Oral History Trust relay the challenges of desegregation and systematic land loss.  They exemplify courageous struggle, abundant care, rites of faithful celebration, and the hard work of creating community where division would reign.  Looking back, each narrator looks forward to a just and equitable future.  As listeners, it is our privilege and responsibility to try to do justice by these histories:  to receive them as our own, to teach them to our children, and to advocate for the kinds of positive growth they describe.  Whether in the classroom or on a porch, at town hall or in protest, these histories are guideposts for making history here, now, and every day. 

Using the Interviews: Rights and Permissions

Most of the interviews done by the Jackson Center in collaboration with community members are freely available for listening and use according to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License.  Individual interviews may have stipulations requiring permission to quote.  These use restrictions are described in the item records.  We request that reuse of any item carry a credit line stating "Courtesy of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History."  When citing interviews, include the name of the interviewee, the interviewer, and the interview date.

The Southern Oral History Program (SOHP) at UNC has done many interviews with residents of Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods.  They have granted us permission to share these interviews through this site.  Individual restrictions are described in the item records.  The SOHP welcomes non-commercial use and access that qualifies as fair use to all unrestricted interview materials in the collection. The researcher must cite and give proper credit to the SOHP. The SOHP requests that the researcher informs the SOHP as to how and where they are using the material using this web form.  Examples of how to cite their materials can be found here.

Jim Wallace holds the copyright to his civil rights photographs.  They are made available here for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.