Carrboro Oral History Project

​About the Carrboro Oral History Project


The Carrboro Oral History Project (COHP)  is a work in progress that was created from ideas generated by the Board of Aldermen as a way to make Carrboro's history more accessible to the public.  This on-going project got its start in 2015 under the guidance of the Town Manager's office.  Currently, the project has recruited 13 volunteer interviewers led by a project leader volunteer.  Over the coming year, it is the goal of the project to obtain oral histories from some of Carrboro's eldest residents.

The Project is being completed with the support of the Southern Oral History Program (SOHP) at the University of North Carolina.  The SOHP has collected over 5,000 interviews in it's history with several of them having direct relation to the Town of Carrboro.  The interviews completed by the COHP will be deposited to the SOHP for generations to come to have access to.  The oral histories below are a combination of those from the SOHP and COHP.  

A full database of the SOHP's oral histories can be found here.

food AND AGRICULTURE

Oral histories related to food and agriculture of Carrboro.
Interview no. Interviewee Date Project title
R-0431 Wilma Hanton;
Jack Hanton
January 13th, 1995 R.32. Special Research Projects: Carrboro Farmers' Market Project
R-0433 Sarah Lewallen January 15th, 1995 R.32. Special Research Projects: Carrboro Farmers' Market Project
R-0430 Dan Graham January 19th, 1995 R.32. Special Research Projects: Carrboro Farmers' Market Project
R-0432 Alex Hitt; Betsy Hitt February 7th, 1995 R.32. Special Research Projects: Carrboro Farmers' Market Project
R-0434 Katie Taylor March 2nd, 1995 R.32. Special Research Projects: Carrboro Farmers' Market Project
R-0435 Daniel Tolfree March 4th, 1995 R.32. Special Research Projects: Carrboro Farmers' Market Project
R-0436 Barbara Wilson; 
Billy Wilson
March 4th, 1995 R.32. Special Research Projects: Carrboro Farmers' Market Project
R-0783 Scott Conary March 5th, 2015 R.44. Special Research Projects: Carolina Cooks, Carolina Eats

Government Officals

Oral histories aimed at preserving the voices of past and current Carrboro government officials.
Interview No. Interviewee Date Project Title
A-403 Michael R. Nelson February 9th, 1996 A.3. Southern Politics: North Carolina Politics
L-0112
Mark Chilton November 10th, 1997 L.1. University of North Carolina: Individual Biographies
L-0277 Judith Welch Wegner July 18th, 2008 L.10. University of North Carolina: Faculty and Diversity, 1960-1990
L-0293 Mark Chilton January 19th, 2010 L.2. University of North Carolina: Anne Queen and the Campus Y
U-0997 Carolyn Hutchinson June 5th, 2013  U.16. Long Civil Rights Movement: The Women's Movement in the South
R-0690 Eleanor Kinnaird April 8th, 2014 R.34. Special Research Projects: New Roots

immigrant communities

Oral histories that explore immigrant life and its relation to the Carrboro community and the Orange County area.
Interview no. Interviewee Date Project title
R-0397 Hector Arrendondo(pseudo.) March 1st, 2008 R.30. Special Research Projects: Oral History and the Study of the Modern South
R-0400 Edgar Rodriguez  (pseudo.) March 2nd, 2008 R.30. Special Research Projects: Oral History and the Study of the Modern South
R-0459 Karla Castillo (pseudo.) April 1st, 2011 R.34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0487 Martín X (pseudo.) April 5th, 2011 R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0621 Nicole Lansdale March 26th, 2012 R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0617* María García (pseudo.) March 27th, 2012 R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0615 Sandra Clark April 6th, 2012 R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0637 María Dolores Vargas April 6th, 2012 R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0627 José Antonio García Pérez April 7th, 2012 R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0636 Gloria Valdez April 10th, 2012 R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0625 José Francisco González Martinez April 16th, 2012 R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0666 Shaunna Jeffries March 27th, 2013 R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0673 Margarita Robledo April 2nd, 2013 R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0690 Eleanor Kinnaird April 8th, 2014 R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0713 Juan Sánchez  (pseudo.) April 13th, 2014 R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
X-0016 Aung Oo; Mi Htoo
March 6th, 2015 X.1. Rural South: Individual Biographies

 Lincoln High School

Oral histories from Carrboro residents who attended Chapel Hill's Lincoln High School, the historically black secondary school that closed in 1962 when a school desegregation plan was implemented.
Interview no. Interviewee Date Project title
K-1061 Mary Norwood Jones January 17th, 2001 K.2.20 Southern Communities: Listening for a Change: Mighty Tigers-- Oral Histories of Chapel Hill's Lincoln High School
K-0538 Nate Davis February 6th, 2001 K.2.20 Southern Communities: Listening for a Change: Mighty Tigers-- Oral Histories of Chapel Hill's Lincoln High School
K-1067 Gloria Warren May 14th, 2001 K.2.20 Southern Communities: Listening for a Change: Mighty Tigers-- Oral Histories of Chapel Hill's Lincoln High School

the Long Civil Rights Movement

From the SOHP, the Long Civil Rights Movement initiative aims to better understand how the South has been shaped by the black and women’s liberation movements, the Vietnam War, natural disasters, and conservative politics. All of the oral histories listed above have ties to Carrboro.
Interview no. Interviewee Date Project title
A-0132 Howard Lee December 13th, 1973 A.1. Southern Politics: Bass-DeVries Interviews
A-0403 Michael R. Nelson February 9th, 1996 A.3. Southern Politics: North Carolina Politics
U-0518 David Caldwell March 1st, 2011 U.13. Long Civil Rights Movement: Oral History and the Study of the Modern South
U-0605 Laura A. Heise March 31st, 2012 U.1. Long Civil Rights Movement: Individual Biographies
U-0633 Tanya Ellen Jisa June 4th, 2012 U.16. Long Civil Rights Movement: The Women's Movement in the South
U-0997 Carolyn A. Hutchison June 5th, 2013 U.16. Long Civil Rights Movement: The Women's Movement in the South
U-0994 Salli Benedict June 7th, 2013 U.16. Long Civil Rights Movement: The Women's Movement in the South
U-1064 Krista Bremer April 3rd, 2014 U.1. Long Civil Rights Movement: Individual Biographies

mill work

Oral histories from Carrboro residents involved in mill work.
Interview no. Interviewee Date Project title
H-0024 Versa V. Haithcock April 4th, 1979 H.2. Piedmont Industrialization, 1974-1980: Burlington, N.C.
C-0216 Greef Smith;
Mattie Smith
October 29th, 1981 C.9. Notable North Carolinians: B. Everett Jordan Project

Non Profits

Oral histories from leaders in nonprofit organizations of Carrboro.
Interview No. Interviewee Date Project Title
R-0456
R-0614
Judith Blau March 11th,  2011
March 20th, 2012
R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0469
R-0623 
R-0622
Manuel Rafael Gallegos Lerma March 29th, 2011  
March 23rd, 2012
April 4th, 2012
R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0630 David Rigby March 29th, 2012 R. 34. Special Research Topics: New Roots
R-0863 Antonio Alanis April 4th, 2017 R.34. Special Research Projects: New Roots
R-0865 Madison Hayes April 18th, 2017 R.34. Special Research Projects: New Roots

The university of north carolina

Oral histories from Carrboro residents associated with the history of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Interview no. Interviewee Date Project title
L-0112  

Mark Chilton
November 10th, 1997 
L.2. University of North Carolina: Anne Queen and the Campus Y
L-0277 Judith Welch Wegner July 18th, 2008 L.10. University of North Carolina: Faculty and Diversity, 1960-1990
L-0293 Mark Chilton January 19th, 2010 L.2. University of North Carolina: Anne Queen and the Campus Y
N-0045 Sherdenia Thompson Dunn April 7th, 2016 N.8. Undergraduate Internship Program: Spring 2016
*Interview is temporarily closed due to restrictions