One day in 1796 William Davie was leaning against a poplar tree in a beautiful isolated forest in the center of North Carolina. He thought the place was so beautiful that it would make a great location for the nation's first state university and the town to support it. Davie Poplar still stands more than 200 years later, and a town and university aged with tradition now have replaced most of the surrounding dense forest. I was born into this town 64 years ago, yet have little recollection of my first four years there. This photographic essay is made up of a wide variety of images that clearly portray what Chapel Hill, UNC, and the people who lived there then looked like and behaved.
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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.