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This project highlights only a few of the many stories that have been made on Franklin Street. You can explore these stories by following any of the location links listed at right. These recollections are excerpts of memories graciously shared by the individuals listed below. Full transcripts of those interviews are available by following the links provided.

Steve Allred

Steve graduated from UNC in 1974, and stayed to pursue a graduate degree. Raised in Raleigh, Carolina was the only place he applied, a decision he made as a 5-year old touring the campus with his father (UNC class of 1934). The decision paid off, especially when he met his wife in the spring semester of his senior year. While at UNC, he played in local bands and at the first Apple Chill in 1973. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and lived in Washington, D.C., before returning to Chapel Hill in the mid-eighties. He is now the Executive Associate Provost at UNC. See the Full Transcript »

Robert "Bob" Epting

Bob came to Chapel Hill in 1963 from High Point, NC, and stayed. He attended UNC as an undergraduate before pursuing his law degree there and credits Chapel Hill with shaping his politics and perspective on life. A lawyer and pilot, he shares a practice with North Carolina Representative Joe Hackney, located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. He lives in a historic 1917 bungalow on Franklin Street that was once home to Vermont Royster, former editor of the Wall Street Journal. See the Full Transcript »

Roland Giduz

Roland is Chapel Hill's unofficial historian and a self-proclaimed "ne'er-do-well." Born in 1925, he grew up in Chapel Hill and studied journalism at UNC. He pursued a Masters in journalism at Columbia after serving in WWII. For more than 50 years, he has been a writer, publisher, photographer and editor, working for the Chapel Hill Weekly, the Chapel Hill News Leader and a variety of other outlets. A founding Friend of Franklin Street, he was an Alderman for 12 years, and hosted a show on The People's Channel. Recently, he contributed to Chapel Hill Magazine and his blog, Old Codger Blogger, can be found at He lives with his wife Helen on Tenney Circle. See the Full Transcript »

Dianne Gooch Shaw

Dianne is a native Chapel Hillian. Her grandfather ran Gooch's Café, a popular restaurant once located above the original Julian's location. She graduated in Chapel Hill High's first integrated class before attending UNC-Chapel Hill as an undergraduate in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She performed at Apple Chill and in downtown clubs with her husband and Steve Allred. Today, she works as director of communications for the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.See the Full Transcript »

Charles "Cam" Hill

Cam was born at Duke Hospital in 1953 before coming home to Purefoy Road. He's been in Chapel Hill ever since. Since the mid-1970s, Cam has worked as a builder and businessman and played a role in developing or restoring many of the buildings that line Franklin Street today. In 1978, he remodeled the building at Crooks Corner where he opened and ran a BBQ restaurant until 1982. Cam served on the Town Council from 2003-2007. He lives on Rosemary Street with his three children, Mac, Cam and Taylor, whom he has watched grow up on Franklin Street. See the Full Transcript »

Charles House

Charles grew up in Chapel Hill and attended Chapel Hill High School while it was still on Franklin Street, in the early 1960s. As a young man, he worked for his neighbors James and Francine Davis at University Florist, and continued to work there during his undergraduate years at Carolina. After serving in the Army and working in Washington, D.C., he returned to Chapel Hill in 1973 and took over the florist shop when the Davises retired in 1980. He has served as chairman of the Downtown Commission, and is a constant presence and representative of the merchants on Franklin Street. See the Full Transcript »

Robert Humphreys

Robert has lived his entire life in Chapel Hill, never seeing a reason to leave. His Chapel Hill High cohort was the last to attend classes on Franklin Street in 1966, before the school moved and the location became home to University Square. His parents established a dry cleaning business and laundromat on Franklin Street in 1974, which he eventually took over and managed until 1990. From 1990-2003, he served as President of the Downtown Commission and was partially responsible for the project that sponsored the murals downtown. Today, he is financial officer for UNC Medicine's Ear and Hearing Center, working with its CCCDP and CASTLE programs. See the Full Transcript »

Missy Julian-Fox

Missy literally grew up on Franklin Street. Her parents, Mary and Maurice Julian owned the men's clothing store Julian's, which was once located beside the Carolina Coffee Shop and is now next to the Bank of America. Her brother, well-known designer Alexander Julian, ran Alexander's Ambition on Franklin Street from 1969-1975. Missy attended Chapel Hill High School in the early 1970s after it was integrated, before heading to Sullen's College (now King's College) in Virginia. She finished her degree in Chapel Hill, and has been an active and constant presence in the community and on Franklin Street since. See the Full Transcript »

Jonathan "Jock" Lauterer

Jock teaches community journalism and newswriting at UNC and is the founding director of the Carolina Community Media Project. He began his news career on Franklin Street at an early age, selling papers to passer-bys. As an undergrad at Carolina in the 1960s, he worked as a photographer for the Daily Tarheel and covered many of the protests and demonstrations that filled Franklin Street during that time. His photos from that time were published in a book, Only In Chapel Hill, and many of them are now housed and available in the North Carolina Collection. See the Full Transcript »

Once upon a time, there was a street like other streets and college towns, that is a place that is more than a street, it is a heartbeat. The 100 block of Franklin Street to a Chapel Hill native is hallowed ground, made so by all the events that we have all witnessed over the years.

Jock Lauterer