The Orange County Historical Museum is hosting an exhibit on Chapel Hill's history from the 1930s to 1970s, curated by the Chapel Hill Historical Society.
A History of Hope part one was exhibited last year and covered the beginning of Chapel Hill until 1928. According to the Chapel Hill Historical Society website, the second installment is currently on display and expands on the original exhibit using words, photos, videos and music.
The exhibit seeks to address the collective history of Chapel Hill and UNC as well as acknowledge and address systemic racism and social justice.
Missy Julian-Fox, Chapel Hill Historical Society board member and former chairperson, said she believes people in Chapel Hill have always been connected through hope, despite the history associated with groups of the past.
“Each of those groups have their own perspectives, their own dreams, their own hope for their future, and so that is why we entitled it A History of Hope,” Julian-Fox said.
Orange County Historical Museum Site Manager Catherine Atkinson said there isn’t much information on Chapel Hill in the museum's permanent exhibit. She added that the museum hopes to be more representative of the entire county by displaying the second part of A History of Hope.
“In the past, it’s been a lot of focus on Hillsborough, so we’re trying to really reach all the way north, all the way south of Orange County,” Atkinson said.
The exhibit includes photographs from events during the mid-1900s, such as the first Black undergraduate students' admittance to UNC in 1955, UNC’s 1957 national championship victory in basketball, the Chapel Hill Nine from 1960 and President John F. Kennedy's 1961 speech in Kenan Stadium.
Photographs of celebrities connected with Chapel Hill such as James Taylor and Andy Griffith are also included in the exhibition.