For more information about Cousin Gaeya (Evette Evans), CLICK HERE . . .
The Lynchings in Chatham County
For more information on the six lynchings that took place in Chatham County, visit https://lynchinginamerica.eji.org/report/ and the video, Why Build a Lynching Memorial? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-0FGYdTR7g&ab_channel=EqualJusticeInitiative
AFRICAN AMERICAN WALKING TOUR FOR PITTSBORO NORTH CAROLINA
Wilmington's Lie Panel Book Discussion
You can learn a little about the basic event described in the book in the above news video from Wilmington.
Click here to view the video of our panel discussion.
CRC-C & the Chatham County NAACP Branches 5377 and 5378 hosted The Talk, written and performed by Sonny Kelly. Sonny joined our esteemed panelists in sharing reflections after the presentation of the play and answering questions from the over 100 participants. To learn how more people you know can see The Talk, reach out to https://www.sonnykelly.com/
Celebrating Heritage of Faith & Music in Chatham County
Click HERE or on the above picture to enjoy music from six local historic congregations as we celebrate the Heritage of Faith and Music in Chatham County, North Carolina in this 250th year of its existence.
Special thanks to the CRC-C grants committee; those who helped fund this endeavor; Sharon Seymore & Mary Nettles for scheduling; pastors, churches, choirs and praise teams for participating; and videographers for helping this video come together!
You can learn more about some of Chatham's church histories here.
Panel Discussion of Isabel Wilkerson's book, CASTE: The Origins of Our Discontents
Watch the Panel Discussion of CASTE from the Zoom event 5/27/21 by clicking on the button below.
The legacy of George Moses Horton, lauded Chatham poet born in slavery
By Hannah McCellan Tues, Feb 9, 2021 (Please subscribe to the Chatham News+Record)
“What white people and Black people know about history is two different things,” Hudson said at that event. For Toomer, who left Horton Middle last year to found The School of the Arts for Boys Academy (SABA), ensuring the school community and larger Chatham community not only knew about Horton’s life, but celebrated it, was extremely important. The inaugural event featured Dan Tate’s “Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton,” a children’s book illustrating Horton’s life. Toomer said the school invited Tate, Horton’s alumni and CCS central services and administration. Leading up to that first event, Toomer said students read Tate’s book, competed in door-decorating contests, poetry slams and more. “The halls were just filled with moments of saying, ‘Hey, who is our namesake? And why is he important?” Toomer said.
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Ch@T: Chatham’s NAACP branches speak out on history, change
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During Black History Month, the News + Record is featured discussions about issues related to the African American experience in our Chatham Chats. This week, we spoke with Mary Nettles of the Chatham Community (East) Branch of the NAACP and Larry Brooks, Mary Harris and Norma Boone, representing the West Chatham NAACP.
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Heroes of Chatham County Black History
Black Chathamites Making a Difference
CLICK HERE to learn more about 18 people of Chatham who made a difference in our community. Brief biographical sketches of a number of prominent black Chathamites were compiled by Delphine Womack and Joyce Cotten for a display at the 2017 Horton School Reunion. The information for the sketches comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, the Horton Yearbook, Internet sources, Chatham County Historical Association records, funeral programs, and books. All of the individuals described were either born in Chatham, received their education in the county, or lived later in life in Chatham.
Chatham County Fair 1950 - today
The first Chatham County Colored Agricultural Fair was held in 1950 on the Goldston Lumber Company grounds, which were rented for a fee of two hundred and fifty dollars. Through mud, rain and leaks, the event attracted about three thousand people and held exhibits in a rented tent. Preparation of the fairgrounds required a lot of work, but the fair was considered a success... [read more]
Remembrance Coalition: Justice for county's 6 lynching victims
Elected officials, activists and community members gathered Saturday afternoon July 11, 2020 at the Chatham County Justice Center to push for “an America that works for all,” economic justice and a public recognition and memorialization for the county’s six lynching victims.
Chatham Community NAACP Jubilee '21
Click on the picture of the Zoom call to watch the celebration. Enjoy the entire video. Mrs. Hudson's presentation is around the 43 minute mark.
On Sunday, January 3, 2021, the Chatham Community Branch #5377 of the NAACP held this Jubilee Day Celebration to commemorate the January 1, 1863 issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Branch President Mary Nettles hosted the event, which paid special tribute to the life and legacy of long-time Chatham resident George Moses Horton, for whom Pittsboro's Horton Middle School is named. Author, speaker, and Chatham County resident Marjorie Hudson delivered a presentation on Horton's life, character, and accomplishments, including publication of "The Hope of Liberty" in 1829, the first book by a Black author in the South. Descendants of Mr. Horton and members of the Horton Middle School community participated in a reading of Mr. Horton's poetry.