HOBSON CITY — Town resident Carthell Green’s living room is jam-packed with boxes full of old newspaper articles about Hobson City, but it may not stay that way much longer.
Green told members of the Town Council present for Monday night’s meeting that a representative from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill would visit Hobson City’s Town Hall at 4 p.m. Thursday. The representative is from the university library’s archives department, and would be working with Green and town officials to gather items from the municipality’s history.
Those items will be taken back to North Carolina, digitized, and added to the library’s records on the town. Green wanted the council’s help in collecting historically significant items from residents.
“Anybody that has anything that’s old pertaining to Hobson City, get it to me,” he told the council.
Some of the items Green has already collected from residents include a copy of a 1947 book about the incorporation of the town, written by Anniston attorney Ross Blackmon, and a 1927 Calhoun County Training School diploma, signed by C.E. Hanna.
The university representative will also meet with Hobson City residents to talk about their memories of the town and what they think about it today.
Mayor Alberta McCrory said that anyone interested in speaking with the archivist could call the town clerk at 256-831-4941 to arrange a meeting.
“This is something that’s never been done for this town before,” McCrory said.
The town’s partnership with the university came about after the organization of the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, which includes Hobson City and four other Southern towns incorporated by African Americans.
McCrory hopes that seeing how information on the town fits into a larger historical narrative will “generate more interest in Hobson City’s history.”
Green said that anyone who loans historical documents or other items would sign an agreement with the university library, and can stipulate that they want the material returned.
The council did not discuss new business because there were not enough councilmembers present to take any action. Freddie Striplin, Deneva Barnes and Susie Jones were absent.