Three generations of Street Scene members came together Saturday to celebrate the organization’s 30-year anniversary at its location under the Franklin Street post office and court clerk building.
“That was the only place to go for us,” said Joshua Macri, a former Street Scene member. “There was a big group of us — most of us were pretty angry, and some of us weren’t in school.”
Macri is the lead guitarist for the punk-rock band The Dirty Politicians, which was founded at Street Scene 17 years ago, he said.
The relationships and guidance Macri found under the courthouse have stayed with him, he said.
“I’m glad this was here to ground us — it was an anchor for some of us,” Macri said.
Street Scene opened its doors in 1985 to offer a safe environment for area teenagers, said Robert Humphreys, president of the board of Street Teen Scene Center Inc.
Street Scene offers an after-school program and is open Friday and Saturday nights, he said.
“Chapel Hill is a college-oriented community,” Humphreys said. “Everything is geared toward the University, and teenagers have to take the backseat to college students. This is a place that they can call their own and be themselves — drug- and alcohol-free.”