Community Arts & Culture

Hargraves Sports Panel

What is this mural about? 

In September of 1998, The Northside Gymnasium was dedicated at the Center. The gym has served as an excellent facility for all ages to come and constructively spend their leisure time. Not only has it served as a place for recreation, the gym has also held adult geared workshops, cooking classes, arts and crafts classes, budget workshops, as well as programs for children. Also depicted are teams from area Lincoln High School and adult recreation softball teams from Tate Realty, lead by coach and community figure, Milt Bynum. Lincoln High School’s prolific coach, W.D. Peerman, is captured among the hoop action and football action. Mr. Peerman led Lincoln High’s football and basketball teams to many successful seasons.

A History of the Hargraves Center

“Birthed from the collective labour of Chapel Hill’s hardworking black community, the center has grown from one, lone-standing brick building which served as a recreational outlet for Chapel Hill’s black youth, to a place where all community members can enjoy tennis, baseball, workshops, dance classes, and affordable, quality childcare.”—David Wilson, Artist

The Hargraves community center was constructed in 1941. The murals, a more recent addition, were completed in 2004 by Durham artist, David Wilson.

The Hargraves Center murals showcase a history of the Center’s community and political leaders, its central role in the Northside neighborhood, and its significance as the first social and recreational facility for African-Americans in Chapel Hill. They depict essential figures to Chapel Hill’s rich history; like Ms. Rebecca Clark, Mildred “Mama Dip” Council, Glenda Hargraves, Fred Battle and Nate Davis. Also included are community rock masons Willis and Alfred Barbee; Ms. Lucille Caldwell, the Center’s first paid director and the first black professional recreation administrator in NC; William Hargraves, former Parks and Recreation Commission member who spearheaded many of the wonderful programs available to the community today; Mr. Adolphus Clark and Ms. Cornelia Spencer Love, who made financial and organizational contributions to beautiful pool; and Ms. Sally Pendergraft, who dedicated herself to caring for the youth of the community through Holmes Day Care.

Want to see more of the murals? Check out the ones mounted at the Hargraves Community Center, the adjoining AD Clark Pool, or the Hargraves daycare center!

A picture of this mural halfway through completion:

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