“That’s one of the main challenges of these old, historic cemeteries: trying to determine ownership,” said Thomas Walker, a former U. attorney who is now in private practice and has taken an interest in Oberlin Cemetery, near his home off Oberlin Road. Those include getting it listed on the National Register of Historic Places and getting a historical marker to install along Oberlin Road; filling in collapsed graves and establishing walking paths for visitors; and using the cemetery to tell the story of Oberlin Village before all other remnants of the once-thriving African-American community have disappeared. Harris became chairman of the National Freemen’s Savings and Trust Co.
Since forming in 2011, Friends of Oberlin have held fundraisers and clean-up days – volunteers will be out with rakes and hedge clippers again from 9 a.m. The village was settled on the outskirts of Raleigh in 1866 by James Henry Harris, who had been educated at Oberlin College in Ohio, one of the first U. and the Raleigh Cooperative Land and Building Association, the latter of which loaned money for residents to buy land and build houses in the village.
Their work had also included attending a number of scholarly conferences that focused on African American history.
At these meetings, oral history scholarship was becoming important as a way of documenting the personal histories of black men and women in their local communities.
They include memories of downtown, college life, local industries, world events, politics, entertainment and daily life from the early 1900s to the present.
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A nonprofit group that has spent years trying to clean up Oberlin Cemetery and draw attention to its historical significance now finds a legal question hovering like a specter over the place where the remains of hundreds of former residents of Oberlin Village have been buried since the 1800s. The question came up after the Friends of Oberlin, a grassroots group organized by current Oberlin Village residents and descendants of the original founders of the freedmen’s community, took up the long-neglected work of trying to maintain the cemetery.
In its research, the Friends group discovered that a narrow driveway that was guaranteed to provide access to the cemetery from Oberlin Road has been paved over by a neighboring landowner.
In 1949, Cameron Village shopping center went up on land adjacent to Oberlin, bringing traffic and development pressure to the neighborhood.
Dan Chacchia’s grandfather started his agency in 1924.
John Parrott’s father joined the Fink Agency upon his return from World War II. Henry-Shepard-Smith was formed in 1965, the result of a merger between The Shepard Agency and the D. Bruce Teague started with the agency in 1973 and Edward Boudreau joined the company in 1998. Charlie was born in Lyons, NY, a graduate of Lyons High School.
He served as President of the agency for four years before merging with Finger Lakes Partners.
Janet Mock has traveled the country addressing audiences from Yale and Stanford to Wellesley and Smith. Through her presentations, Q&As, and conversation series, Janet describes the personal, the political and the professional regarding her experiences as one of America’s most visible and influential trans women.