"Southern Part of Heaven"

"Southern Part of Heaven" is often used as a nickname for Chapel Hill. The term comes from William Meade Prince's fond memoir of growing up in Chapel Hill, The Southern Part of Heaven, first published in 1950. In the book Prince recalls a local resident who, on his deathbed, asked the minister what he thought heaven was like. After a moment of reflection, the minister said, "I believe Heaven must be a lot like Chapel Hill in the spring."