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We Shall Not Be Moved: A history of the Tillery resettlement community

Film by Chris Potter, Charles Thompson
Produced by Concerned Citizens of Tillery, Gary R. Grant, Director
Cinematographer: Chris Potter, Randy Benson, Charles Thompson, April Walton
Editing: Chris Potter
46 minutes, Color
Original format: DV Mini, 2007
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We Shall Not Be Moved is their song, and it means they ďainít going nowhere!Ē Thatís the spirit of the Tillery, North Carolina resettlement, product of a New Deal program offering landless sharecroppers a chance to buy their own farms. Roanoke Farms was one of only a handful of resettlement projects for African Americans. Its families overcame the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow to earn their part of the American Dream. They and their successors continue to battle racism, assaults on their environment, farm foreclosures, and natural disasters.