The Formation of Black Communities in Northwest Chapel Hill Public Deposited

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  • Wainwright, Anna
  • he racial history of Chapel Hill has similarities with the national narrative (e.g. racialized violence, biased media coverage, etc.), however, in many ways, it is dissimilar. Most significantly, UNC held a high level of influence over the development of Chapel Hill as a town while promoting racist ideologies and controlling a majority of the black workforce. Within this context, a number of black landowners (e.g. Durwood O’Kelley, Vann Nunn, W.R. Lloyd, etc.) acquired land in northwest Chapel Hill, oftentimes subdividing it and selling to other black individuals and families, which contributed to the creation of the strictly black communities seen in this area in the early 20th century. These conclusions were made by cross referencing land ownership maps and land transfer records.
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