Betty Geer

When the Civil Rights Movement came to North Carolina, Betty Baldwin Geer was ready for it. She was raised in Chapel Hill with a strong sense of responsibility to her community, pride in herself, and dedication to do what’s right. These values were instilled by her parents and reinforced by her church, St. Joseph Christian Methodist Church, where Ms. Geer …

Anna Richards

Although Anna Richards came to Chapel Hill later in life, she has been a major organizing force for equality in the community. As president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, Richards has pushed the organization to advocate for education equality, police reform, voter education and a number of other issues affecting marginalized groups locally. Ms. Richards was raised with a commitment …

Collene R. Rogers

Collene R. Rogers grew up in Chapel Hill, and remembers the walkouts staged by Lincoln High School students to protest their under-resourced science labs. In 1965 she moved north to take a job with B. Altman & Company in the accounting department. In April of 1968 she accepted a job with First National City Bank in New York City from …

Patricia Mason

When Annie B. Hargett began working at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in 1961, the facility was almost completely segregated. She recalls floors of the hospital segregated by race and Black nurses being required to go to the basement to eat. Ms. Hargett was one of the few Black nurses with a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing at the time. She graduated …

Jerdine Alston

When Annie B. Hargett began working at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in 1961, the facility was almost completely segregated. She recalls floors of the hospital segregated by race and Black nurses being required to go to the basement to eat. Ms. Hargett was one of the few Black nurses with a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing at the time. She graduated …

Esphur Foster

When Annie B. Hargett began working at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in 1961, the facility was almost completely segregated. She recalls floors of the hospital segregated by race and Black nurses being required to go to the basement to eat. Ms. Hargett was one of the few Black nurses with a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing at the time. She graduated …

Edna Taylor

Edna Taylor estimates participating in around twenty civil rights demonstrations in and around Chapel Hill during the 1960s. She was raised in Chapel Hill and was a high school student during the height of the sit-in movement. She remembers Harold Foster serving as a main local organizer, and folks coming from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Congress of Racial …

Clem Self

Chapel Hill Carrboro School System teacher and one of the first students to attend Chapel Hill High School after integration