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|Size||0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 800 items)|
|Abstract||Records of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery Task Force include correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, research materials, proposals, master plan, and cemetery plot data. Also included are materials related to the Black Student Movement's 2001 call for restoration of gravestones in the African American section of the cemetery.|
|Creator||Old Chapel Hill Cemetery Task Force (Chapel Hill, N.C.)|
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On April 22, 1985, Rebecca Clark petitioned the Mayor and Council to improve the condition of the west section of the old Chapel Hill Cemetery on Raleigh Road. A resolution was then passed establishing the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery Task Force which would present recommendations to the Chapel Hill town council. These recommendations would outline a master plan and workflow for maintenance, preservation and possible future development of the cemetery.
In September 1986, a task force was appointed by the Town Council to create a master plan and recommendations for improvements to the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. The task force was made up of Chapel Hill Preservation Society members and folks from the Chapel Hill black community, some of whom had relatives in the historically black eastern sections of the cemetery.
In late 1987, the State of North Carolina transferred ownership of the cemetery from the university to the town and soon thereafter the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery Master Plan was completed and adopted by the Town Council. This master plan provided guidelines on how ongoing cemetery maintenance should be performed and included a list of recommended capital improvements that should be undertaken as funding became available.
The task force struggled to come to a consensus in creating the plan as some members wanted to focus on maintaining historic integrity while others wanted to create a plan for beautification. Despite these challenges the master plan was adopted, and the town has implemented most of the recommendations since.Back to Top
Records consist of Task Force correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, research materials, proposals, master plan, and cemetery plot data. Also included are materials related to the Black Student Movement's 2001 call for restoration of gravestones in the African American section of the cemetery.Back to Top
Cemetery plot data, 1990 #40345, Series: "Old Chapel Hill Cemetery Task Force Records and Related Materials, 1985-2001" Box 1
Includes lists of grave markers sorted by individuals’ birth and death dates and family name with notes on condition.
Response to BSM demands and related materials, 2000-2001 #40345, Series: "Old Chapel Hill Cemetery Task Force Records and Related Materials, 1985-2001" Box 1
Includes draft document titled “Actions/Recommended Actions on Student Demands” dated April 25, 2001; photocopied news articles related to the Black Student Movement’s call for the restoration of grave markers in the African American section of the cemetery, and notes on minority faculty hiring in the 2000-2001 academic year.
Processed by: Tierra Thomas, March 2019
Encoded by: Laura Smith, April 2019Back to Top