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Oberlin: A Village Rooted in Freedom


May 7

12:00 am

In celebration of National Preservation Month, we are happy to share this free film from Preservation North Carolina, which worked with digital storytellers, Moonlight Communications to produce Oberlin: A Village Rooted in Freedom. The documentary film reveals how a historic preservation project has helped recover the story of a once-thriving town near Raleigh built after the Civil War by formerly enslaved and free blacks. Oberlin had more than 1200 inhabitants before being paved over in the name of progress. The renovation of two 1880s houses by Preservation North Carolina has exposed remarkable stories about the families who lived there.