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“Without the past, you have no future.”    
  -Marian Cheek Jackson

 

The Jackson Center is a public history and community development center located at the gateway to the historic Northside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods are home to an abundant history of life after Reconstruction, under Jim Crow, during civil rights action, and in the wake of desegregation. Today they are among the most racially, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhoods in the region.

Our aim is to listen: to hear and to preserve the life stories of residents, neighbors, and friends. We want to make sure that the histories we hear, and the values and visions on which they are built, make a difference in our communities now and for generations to come. We are privileged to record the legacies of everyday history-makers, to share them widely, and to follow the example of creative service and leadership that they convey.