Facilities in the Hargraves Community Center will be renamed in honor of two influential members of the Black community in Chapel Hill.
Northside Gym, one of the facilities, will be renamed in honor of Nate Davis. The center's indoor basketball court will be named after Fred Battle.
Both Davis and Battle grew up in Northside and made significant impacts at the Hargraves Community Center.
The Chapel Hill Town Council voted unanimously in favor of renaming on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
The Council Naming Committee recommended the new titles after several people brought it to their attention, according to Chapel Hill Town Council member Michael Parker.
The Thorpe-Anderson Breakfast Club, a group of Black leaders and supporters in Chapel Hill of which Battle was a founder, was one of these trailblazers, Parker said.
He said John French, the current Hargraves Community Center director, pushed for the renaming and spoke on behalf of the two men at Wednesday’s meeting.
“We all know what Mr. Battle and Mr. Davis meant to this community and very few people in the history of Chapel (Hill) have done so much inside of Parks and Rec for African-Americans, specifically youth on the north side," Deaver Smith, recreation specialist for the Hargraves Center, said.
Battle served as director of the community center from 1970-1987, and also served as an administrator for the Parks and Recreation Department until his retirement in 2009, French said at the meeting.