Oakwood is one of Raleigh, North Carolina’s oldest neighborhoods and was the first neighborhood in the state of North Carolina to receive “historic” designation. Over its 140 year history, Oakwood has undergone tremendous change.
Last year, when another life-long resident passed away, the neighborhood lamented that we had never captured her story. This project originated from that desire: to capture the important stories of cherished neighbors before they were gone.
However, in the process of capturing these stories, this project has grown into something more: a way to recognize and celebrate the individuals who worked hard to revitalize a community that nearly became a super highway; a way to learn and teach history; a way to build and strengthen the connections in our community; and a model to inspire community development advocates in their work to transform urban neighborhoods that are in decline.