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Senior High Youth Group: Kirkpatricks in Black & White

January 15, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In February 2013, De Kirkpatrick and Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick, classmates at Myers Park High School, reconnected nearly 50 years after their graduation. In their catch-up phone call, Jimmie Lee asked De what the H in his initials H.D. stood for. De said Hugh. That’s when both men learned that De’s great-great-grandfather, also named Hugh, owned Jimmie Lee’s great-great-great-grandfather, a slave named Sam. Together, they began examining their families and the county where they grew up, Mecklenburg, where 1 in 3 people were slaves in 1860.

Since that initial call they have together researched their joint heritage.  Additionally, as a black man and white man in the South they have engaged in a rare and personally intimate conversation on topics that most of us avoid: inequity, race and slavery.

On January 15 – both Kirkpatricks will be at United Church to speak at the Adult Forum at 10 am and the Senior High Youth Group at 11 am.





January 15, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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United Church of Chapel Hill
1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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