NCC Gallery Exhibit Reveals Rich History of Rogers Road Neighborhood

For 37 years, the Rogers Road community in Chapel Hill has been at the center of a public debate about the impact of the Orange County Landfill, which borders the neighborhood. A new exhibit in the North Carolina Collection Gallery of UNC’s Wilson Library tells a deeper story, uncovering more than two centuries of the community’s history.

The free, public exhibit, We’re All Family Here: Preserving Community Heritage in the Rogers Road Neighborhood of Chapel Hill, will be open June 12 through August 31 in the North Carolina Collection Gallery, on the main floor of Wilson Library.

Read more about it here.

Where Is “The Cradle Of Liberty In America”?

One of my colleagues pointed this item out to me the other day, and I thought it would make a nice “Where the Heel?” posting. I’ve edited the county name out of the image, but I’ve left in the other phrases. Do you know what county claims to be the “Cradle of Liberty in America”? If you have a guess, leave it as a comment. Once the question is satisfactorily answered, I’ll include an image of the unaltered seal and the bibliographic information.

And the answer is New Hanover County. The full image is below.

The editor has this to say about the claim:


The twilight of Liberty in America first showed its brilliancy when the Colonists of the Lower Cape Fear denounced the tyrannical Acts of the British Crown upon her subjects, imposing an unjust tax, without representation, known as The Stamp Act of 1765.

With “Blood and Death” was the answer:—Heroism and determination upon the part of the Colonist crowned their glorious efforts, enhanced by the signal defeat of the British at the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge.

The facts are indisputable as true records of events! As the first who defied British Power, more than ten years before the Declaration of Independence, were the people of the Lower Cape Fear.