Chatham County Historical Association

Note New Phone Number: 919-542-6222

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Please send your 2015 dues to
CCHA, PO Box 93, Pittsboro NC  27312.
Membership form
Individual  $18.00
Family  $20.00
Student  $10.00
Patron  $50.00
Corporate $100.00

Donations in addition to these rates are greatly appreciated.

Looking for a Chatham County burial or cemetery? CCHA’s extensive database and many photos are available at

CCHA publications
make great gifts!

Chatham Rabbit
Historical Ornament
Available in museum bookstore
or order online

Chatham County Historical Association
Annual Meeting and Program
February 15, 2:00 p.m.
Chatham County Historic Courthouse
Pittsboro, NC

The Story of the Non-Violent Student Sit-in Movement
and the Black Struggle for Equality -
As told by the late Dr. Mansel Philip McCleave

Please join us for the Chatham County Historical Association’s February lecture on Dr. Mansel Philip McCleave and his involvement with the student nonviolent sit-in protest at the Greensboro Woolworth’s lunch counter.  To celebrate Black History Month, the CCHA will present a detailed look at how this Chatham County native contributed to one of the most significant events in the American Civil Rights Movement. We invite you to this fascinating celebration of how a local resident helped to shape our contemporary society.

Siler City Police Chief Gary Tyson will open the event with a look at the life of Dr. Mansel and his book, Hunger Pains in Our Heads: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Origin of the Sit-In Movement.  Dr. McCleave’s goddaughter, Teresa Walker will provide a personal and in depth perspective on his work with the Greensboro sit-ins and the Civil Rights Movement.  Mrs. Walker’s presentation will shed light on how this Chatham County hero became in inspiration to those struggling for equality in America.  Finally, Dr. McCleave’s close friend Reverend Barry Gray, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Siler City, will speak on Dr. Mansel McCleave’s legacy and his lasting impact on Chatham County and our nation.

The Chatham County Historical Association’s February meeting is free and open to all.  The event will be held at the Pittsboro Historic Courthouse (40 East Chatham Street, Pittsboro NC, in the circle) on February 15th, 2015 at 2:00 PM.  Please join us in honoring the legacy of Dr. Mansel Philip McCleave during this Black History Month celebration!

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