On November 20, 1819, the General Assembly of North Carolina established government in the Town of Chapel Hill by appointing its first Commissioners. Two hundred years later, in the fall of 2019, we celebrate the agencies, organizations, peoples, and places that have made Chapel Hill the community it is today. Look for programs and projects that commemorate where we have been, who we are today, and what the future might hold.

To learn more about events happening elsewhere in the community, chapelhill1819.org.

  • Life & Death in the Jim Crow South
    September 26, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - In collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South, the Chapel Hill Public Library, and Flyleaf Books

    Join two of Carolina’s engaging scholars at the Chapel Hill Public Library as they discuss “Life & Death in the Jim Crow South” through the lens of their newly released books. Dr. William Sturkey, author of Hattiesburg: An American City in Black & White, will examine the lives of the people who struggled to uphold Jim Crow and those who fought to tear down a racist and unjust system. Dr. Seth Kotch, author of A Lethal State: A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina, will explore Jim Crow’s relationship to the death penalty in North Carolina. A conversation with both authors, moderated by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member Dr. Lyneise Williams, will follow.

    This event is free & open to the public.

    Copies of A Lethal State: A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina by Seth Kotch and Hattiesburg: An American City in Black & White by William Sturkey will be available for purchase from Flyleaf Books.

    Meeting Room B

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  • Wiki-thon
    October 13, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    - A Wiki-thon is a public event where community members come together and collaborate on creating, editing, and adding to Wikipedia content. This session will focus on Wiki entries related to Chapel Hill’s past. As Wikipedia is one of the primary ways that people find out about our town, improving content there improves our appearance and engagement with Internet users and their understanding of our town - past, present, and future. You can contribute through knowledge, writing, or editing. Staff from Chapel Hill Public Library and UNC Libraries will be on-hand to offer assistance. Meeting Room B

    Click here for a list of all 1819/2019 events.
  • Wiki-thon
    October 28, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - A Wiki-thon is a public event where community members come together and collaborate on creating, editing, and adding to Wikipedia content. This session will focus on Wiki entries related to Chapel Hill’s past. As Wikipedia is one of the primary ways that people find out about our town, improving content there improves our appearance and engagement with Internet users and their understanding of our town - past, present, and future. You can contribute through knowledge, writing, or editing. Staff from Chapel Hill Public Library and UNC Libraries will be on-hand to offer assistance. Meeting Room B

    Click here for a list of all 1819/2019 events.

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