The Land & Rocky Mount Mills

The Rocky Mount Mills team recently published a historical narrative about the mill that considers how the environment shaped the town and industry of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Rocky Mount's Tar River especially encouraged initial human occupation of the land and was central to 12,000 years of continuous settlement. Some archaeological studies have even uncovered evidence of Native American occupation for thousands of years prior to the city or the mill. Read more about the fascinating connection between the environment and its various occupants on our Rocky Mount Mills project website.  ...
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College of Arts & Sciences Highlights CHW

We here at CHW are so pleased that UNC's College of Arts & Sciences recently highlighted the work of Community Histories Workshop. An online article, "Capturing Community History," showcases CHW staff and projects such as Digital Loray, Rocky Mount Mills and Dorothea Dix Hospital. Additionally, the article discusses the public resonance of our work with our community partners and at Carolina. Read more here: https://college.unc.edu/2018/03/21/capturing-community-history/  ...
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What is History’s Role in Transformative Renewal?

An early twentieth-century promotional booklet about Rocky Mount Mills in North Carolina boasts that the mill doesn’t owe its modern success to its past. “Though proud of its history,” the booklet opines, “the management [of Rocky Mount Mills] has never been immersed in the past...[rather,] funds have been bountifully supplied...in the efficient production of dependable cotton yarns of a high and uniform quality.” (more…)...
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