Holy Week Fast


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 our first season, we are exploring the histories behind the monuments and markers of Chapel Hill.

Holy Week Fasters

Our first stop: Peace and Justice Plaza. “The Peace and Justice Plaza honors the energy and spirit of the thousands who have stood in the shadow of the Courthouse and exercised their rights to assembly and speech and have spoken out on issues as diverse as the Vietnam War, environmental justice, women’s rights, gay rights, the death penalty, and racial justice.”

Learn how this one spot in Chapel Hill became the place for people to practice free speech and their right to assemble.

And here is Jerry Neville’s spotify playlist of music from the 1960s.

Episode Links:

With thanks to all of the voices you hear in this episode: CJ Suitt, William Sturkey, Linda Haac, Norma Bell, and Delores Bailey. You’ll hear more from them in upcoming episodes more fully.

  • I Raised My Hand to Volunteer — “This online exhibit contains digitized documents, images, and other archival materials relating to 1960s student protests in Chapel Hill, N.C.”
  • Holy Week Fasters and Klan Rally — From AP Archives, video footage of the Holy Week Fast interspersed with Klan rally
  • August 1963: James Foushee Recounts A Hunger Strike In Chapel Hill — “Our series, “August 1963,” continues to look back at North Carolina at the time of the March on Washington. Today we hear from James Foushee. As a teenager in Chapel Hill, he emerged as one of the leaders of the local civil rights movement.”
  • Pat Cusick Oral History, Southern Oral History Program — Pat Cusick’s wide-ranging, heartfelt, and fascinating oral history interview.
  • History behind Stagger Lee — “Stagger Lee”, also known as “Stagolee” and other variants, is a popular American folk song about the murder of Billy Lyons by “Stag” Lee Shelton, in St. Louis, Missouri, at Christmas, 1895. The song was first published in 1911 and first recorded in 1923, by Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians. A version by Lloyd Price reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959.

Podcast production team includes Mandella Younge, Sam Bermas-Dawes, Klaus Mayr, and Ryan Chamberlain. With thanks to Aaron Keane for technical assistance 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.

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