Warren County Protesters

Two teenaged Afrcan American girls are marching down the highway, wearing posters that read:" We cars about our Future. Don't harm the lives of genrations to come."

For six weeks in 1982, activists and residents, such as then-15-year-old Consherto Williams (on the right), gathered in Warren County, near the town of Afton, to protest the delivery of 40,000 cubic tons of contaminated soil laced with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), to the hazardous waste landfill in their community. The PCBs would eventually leach into the ground and contaminate the water supply.
Credit: The Jerome Friar Photographic Collection and Related Materials, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, used with permission.

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