Truth Plaque Community Task Force
The importance of recognizing our town’s history for the purpose of uplifting the truth is ever poignant. We cannot change the future without first addressing our past. The Town of Carrboro is embarking on a new project with the goal of erecting a “Truth Plaque” outside of the Town Hall. The goal of this marker is to recognize the roots of our town’s namesake, Julian Shakespeare Carr. Carr was a Chapel Hill native, a business man who brought electricity and a growing economy to Carrboro and the surrounding areas. However, he was also a former Confederate Soldier, vocal white supremacist, and played a hand in establishing the Silent Sam memorial. He is notorious for his racist words and actions found within his speech given at the unveiling of the Silent Sam statue. Through the Truth Plaque the Town of Carrboro wishes to acknowledge this history as a part of the process of changing and transforming the narrative of Carrboro and dedicating itself to a future of racial equality and justice. This plaque is an opportunity for the community to play a direct role in contextualizing the true history of Carrboro.
The town is seeking Carrboro community members who are interested in being involved in drafting language to recommend to the Board of Aldermen for the Truth Plaque. If you are interested please follow the link and fill out the application or contact Cathy Dorando at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-918-7309.