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The Essence of UNC in Photographs

 by Charly Mann

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Charly Mann      2:55 PM Fri 7/29/2011

Chapel Hill Memories is open to all people - black or white to write articles about their UNC and Chapel Hill experiences. We have also published several articles on the civil rights struggle, slavery, and black inequality in Chapel Hill. Finally since the age of 10 (in 1960) I was active in the civil rights struggle in Chapel Hill and other locations in the South.
 

Jerry Newman      6:54 PM Thu 7/28/2011

I have to agree with Ms. Duke. UNC and schools like Duke have the most accomplished blacks. A lot of whites from the north move here because they think Carolina has a "good quality of minorities" that we have met up north from the south. Then we get down here and realize that the South keeps all the thugs and rejects and all the good quality folks are harrassed to move out of the south and go up north!!! Why is this still going on? What is wrong with white southerners. Why don't you know how valuable your educated blacks are???Everyone else knows how rare they are even if you don't. There should be pictures of blacks in this and in general. I want to expose my children to blacks that are upstanding not just rap stars and sports figures.
 

Sara Mangum Poole Duke      6:48 PM Thu 7/28/2011

I think it is hard to imagine to you white southerners how important it is too document your photos of all blacks at Chapel Hill during the early years. You do not value your blacks in the south while meanwhile the blacks who graduated from Chapel Hill Duke and are just from Carolina in general leave the South and are reveared as some of the Classiest most accomplised people in the country. You are sorry racist white segregationists whose fear of your own black ancestry and native american blood keeps you from dealing with blacks at all.Shame on you.FICGSD
 

Randy Forehand      1:57 PM Tue 5/31/2011

The third coed from the left in the Old West photo is my mother Judy Duke Pi Beta Phi '41. She is also in the picture of the 4 coeds posing with the dogwood blossoms. She married Ed Forehand Sigma Nu '42.
Randy Forehand AB '69, MD '74
 

Charlie Nelson      2:03 PM Sun 6/6/2010

The hurdler on the right is Warren Mengle '42.
Jane Rumsey was the firsst girl cheerleader at Carolina, and Jeannie Connes the second. Note the long skirts. We were not allowed to touch the girls in our acrobatic stunts.
 

Charlie Nelson      3:40 PM Sat 6/5/2010

That is me, Charlie Nelson at the top of the pyramnid. The girls are left, Jeannie Connel; right, Jane Rumsey. the guys are Frank Alspaugh Johyyn Feuchtenbueger. George Coxhead, Herschel Snuggs, and Tom Avera. Tha is th cheerleader squad for 1940/41 school year. My addess is 67 Davisson Dr. , Durham, N.C. 27705 E-mail is charlienelson@nc.rr.com. TGelephone 919-384-2109. I would like to hear from anyone in school at that time. Go Heels!
 

Charly Mann      8:59 AM Thu 2/11/2010

I think that is a fair comment Dameataus. Unfortunately I only have one photo from this photographer of a black person, and I was not certain it was taken in Chapel Hill.
I welcome photos of people of all races from Chapel Hill, and I have several more articles planned on the black experience in Chapel Hill history.
 

Dameataus Brown      8:07 AM Thu 2/11/2010

there are no black people

 

Susie Clark      4:04 PM Thu 11/19/2009

What an uplifting photographer! I wish he had made a career of taking pictures of Chapel Hill and UNC.
 

Todd Harrison      5:20 PM Wed 11/18/2009

The maturity and sophistication of the students is evident in these photos. I hope some of these people are still alive to enjoy them.
 

Carson Webb      1:14 PM Wed 11/18/2009

My mother attended UNC from 1940 to 1944. When I visit her over Thanksgiving I will show her these pictures. I am sure they will delight her and bring back many great memories.
 

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Chapel Hill is located on a hill whose only distinguishing feature in the 18th century was a small chapel on top called New Hope Chapel. This church was built in 1752 and is currently the location of The Carolina Inn. The town was founded in 1819, and chartered in 1851.

 

 

What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.

-- Charles Kuralt

 

 

Dark Side of the Hill -- Pink Floyd, the creators of the most popular album in history, Dark Side of the Moon, took the second half of their name from Floyd Council, a Chapel Hill native, and great blues singer and guitarist. He once belonged to a group called "The Chapel Hillbillies".

 

 

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There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.

 

 

The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.

 

 

 

 

The University of North Carolina was closed from 1870 to 1875 because of lack of state funding.

 

 

 

 

William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.

 

 

The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.

 

 

Chapel Hill's main street has always been called Franklin Street. It was named after Benjamin Franklin in the early 1790s.

 

 



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Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.

 

 

The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.

 

 

Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.

 

 

Future President Gerald Ford lived in Chapel Hill twice. First when he was 24, in 1938, he took a law couse in summer school at UNC. He lived in the Carr Building, which was a law school dormitory. At the same time, Richard Nixon, the man he served under as Vice President, was attending law school at Duke. In 1942, Ford returned to Chapel Hill to attend the U.S. Navy's Pre-Flight School training program. He lived in a rental house on Hidden Hills Drive.

 

 

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