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Our History is Dangerous schools outreach program had an exciting debut this spring.  We worked intensively with 90 high school students and hosted 200 middle school students from Smith Middle School for a Civil Rights History workshop and walking tour of the neighborhood.  The tours were led by civil rights activists and long-term Northside neighbors.  We have developed a curriculum with two tracks, neighborhood history and civil rights in Chapel Hill.  We are hoping to market these programs to local schools in the fall.

Our Histories of Home soundwalk is now complete!  This audiotour of the neighborhood features over a dozen oral histories from residents and community members.  Come by the Jackson Center to pick up your copy today!

The Jackson Center’s Witness to Rights interactive exhibit has been hosted by the UNC Journalism School this spring.  We hope to travel this exhibit of dozens of civil rights photographs and oral history interviews to new venues this fall.

Above: Students at UNC School of Journalism explore our interactive Witness to Rights Exhibit.

We are currently in the process of submitting a first wave of our oral history archive to the Southern Oral History Program.  This will allow the interviews to be organized and accessible to residents both digitally and physically at the Jackson Center.

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