Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Wake Wednesday - Saving Oberlin Village

"Oberlin was not part of Raleigh. It was a proud freestanding, self-sufficient community of former slaves, free blacks, and their descendants, founded after the Civil War. In 1914, a New York newspaper described Oberlin as 'a unique little village of nearly twelve hundred inhabitants. The neat-looking buildings are artistically painted, and the front yards are planted with rose bushes and other shrubberies.' Oberlin actually surpassed Raleigh on some measures of homeownership and education." 
- News and Observer, Nov. 2019

For a glimpse at the history of Oberlin Village, its residents,  and a look inside at some of the homes visit the Saving Places blog post from the National Trust for Historic Preservation here

.Restored Parlor of the Graves Fields House, Oberlin Village. 

A collection of interviews describes the life, residents and restoration of the village and various homes.

“Everything that I am, and everything that I became, is because of that house and what happened in that house.... The house was opulent. There were all kinds of rugs, the best of everything, [My grandfather] wanted his kids and grandkids to have the best—to tell them, ‘this is what you should expect.”   

 -Andria Fields, granddaughter of Spurgeon and Jeanette Fields 

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