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The Community Histories Workshop, recently founded within the Digital Innovation Lab by Bobby Allen, Seth Kotch, and Elijah Gaddis, received a $30,000 grant from Capitol Broadcasting Corporation this summer to explore how community-based memories and stories, multi-media archival materials, architectural space, and the internet can be connected in new and meaningful ways to showcase the history of the Rocky Mount Mills.

The grant funded archival research and the planning and execution of a community history day during which CHW members took oral histories from former mill workers and their relatives. Those oral histories and the CHW’s ongoing archival research in the Southern Historical Collection, will power a new, community-based initiative that envisions the Rocky Mount Mills site as a hub for a variety of projects.

Read more about the project in the Rocky Mount Telegram.

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