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The Parrish brothers’ farm is one of the oldest African-American owned farms in Orange County. Here, they pose behind the truck they bring into town each day to Northside to pick up expired food from “Heavenly Groceries” to use on the farm to feed…

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Each Saturday, Jerry, a Town of Chapel Hill employee, volunteers his time at Hargraves to teach young children how to play tennis. Jerry’s mother, who is 99 and one of the oldest Orange County natives, still lives in the stone mason house where…

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Benito likes to provide opportunities for people to experience beauty.    He’s pictured with an art installation that he and a neighbor created for passers-by near Bolin Creek, a place they called home for a time. 

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Still living in the house their mother had built 70 years ago, the Foster siblings have dedicated their lives to justice. Harold was a leader in the local civil rights movement; Esphur is a community historian known everywhere in North Carolina for…

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They call themselves brothers and certainly are close enough to be. Most will recognize them from their greetings on Franklin St (where they are pictured here). We got to know them from their often spontaneous volunteer roles at every Northside…

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High school sweethearts, gracious hosts, committed servant leaders, the Reverend and Mrs. Williams, lifetime residents of Chapel Hill, chose to photographed in front of their beautiful home.
Rev. Williams was the first African American firefighter…

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Prof. H, as he is fondly known, is pictured here in front of his church, St. Paul AME. Founded in 1864, St. Paul has marked the corner of Chapel Hill and Carrboro for over 150 years. As St. Paul anticipates a new church campus in the Rogers Road…

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Isaac, whom we first met as a patron of St. Joseph’s “Heavenly Groceries,” shares his experiences of neighbors here in Chapel Hill in this audio excerpt.

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Sharon and Virginia wanted to have their photograph demonstrate what they believed it meant to be a neighbor in the face of rapid change locally and in their respective lives. Residents of public housing at the time this photo was taken, they…

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Ceci enjoys sitting outside of the Hargraves Recreation Center (finally completed in 1941to accommodate the first all-black Navy Band) with her friends often. She had never been photographed with her dog, Ruby. She is the proud mother of Paris…

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Exuding kindness and graciousness, Andrés is quick to smile and share a story. A deeply spiritual person, he possesses a strong belief in the power of neighbors helping each other through difficult times.

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Back Alley Bikes, located on N. Graham St. at the time this photo was taken, is a community business leader. Jason treats customers like family and is known for working on every bike with the kind of attention and integrity he dedicates to his own. …

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Tommy, pictured here with his brother, Jason, is always looking out for others. Reflecting on his vision of community, he described a neighbor as “somebody who extends a helping hand to people no one else will.”

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Ms. Gladys lives by one of her favorite sayings: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” She runs “Heavenly Groceries/Comida Celestial”, a daily, grocery-style food distribution ministry that provides fresh food to over 5000 residents in four…

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Garrett is a jack of all trades who is particularly committed to sustainable gardening and local food justice. He served as the manager of HOPE gardens on Homestead Rd. and chose to be photographed there.

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This photograph demonstrates the same spirit of joyful partnership and curiosity with which Della co-founded the Jackson Center.

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Marquette is known throughout the area as the kind of neighbor who will just see that somebody needs help and drop by to lend a hand. We met him when he did just that for us at the Jackson Center.