Special Alert

St. Joseph's Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center

  • 804 Old Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27701-3958
  • Primary: (919) 683-1709
  • Fax: (919) 682-5869

St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation (SJHF) is a non-profit organization that manages the Hayti Heritage Center. SJHF is dedicated to preserving Durham's African-American heritage and the impact of the Hayti Heritage Center, a cultural and educational venue that houses a community room, two classrooms, a dance studio, the Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery, administrative and lease offices, and the historic 400-seat performance hall.

The structure was originally St. Joseph's Church, established in 1891 by Edian Markham, a former slave. Masons laid the cornerstone of the site in 1891, and the old church was renovated into a performance hall as part of the cultural arts and arts education center. Stained glass windows and other remnants of the church, which continues to worship in Durham, add to the beauty of this space, which features speakers, artists, and entertainers from around the country and the world.

  • ADA Compliant Facilities:
  • Business Hours: M-F, 10am- 5pm; Sa, 10am-4pm; check Event Schedule for additional hours.
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  • Miles To Convention Center: 1.20
  • Miles to RDU Airport: 11.5
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  • Wheelchair/Disabled Access Comments: Elevator service and parking for wheelchair/disabled access, as well as wheelchair accessible seating in the Performance Hall and throughout the facility
  • Public Restrooms - Disabled Access: Accessible, but may need help with door
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  • Free Admission All The Time:
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  • #Handicap Parking Spaces in Front or Nearby: 2
Group Tour Info
  • Avg. Tour Length: 1-2 hours
  • Comments Regarding Groups: On street parking, parking at the Center and in spaces adjacent to the Center
  • Group Rates: Free Admission except for ticketed events such as concerts
  • Maximum Group Size: 400
  • Scheduling Policy: Guided tours should be scheduled at least one week in advance.
  • Tour Type: Guided and Self-Guided
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Property Details & Services
  • 100% Smoke Free:
Visual Arts
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Uniquely Durham
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St. Joseph's Performance Hall at the Hayti Heritage Center Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 6
  • Largest Room: 125
  • Theatre Capacity: 400
  • Classroom Capacity: 40
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  • Reception Capacity: 250
  • Description: Facility rental space is available year round. Rooms have AV capability and the Performance Hall features a large screen for showing films, power point and other presentations. The facility is suitable for business meetings, parties, reunions, community forums, weddings, receptions, and similar events. Catering is available and can be provided by the client. Space capacity is determined by event layout; i.e., seated with rounds or rectangles, or standing with cocktails. Round and rectangular tables, and chairs, are included with facility rentals. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.
  • #1: Gallery
  • #2: Performance Hall
  • #3: Community Room
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  • Outdoor Capacity: 30
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Meeting Facility Rooms
Classroom 1
25 X 28
Upper Gallery
0 X 0
Lyda Merrick Gallery
0 X 0
Dance Studio
0 X 0
Classroom 2
0 X 0
Community Room
0 X 0
Classroom 2
23 X 25
Community Room
25 X 36
Main Gallery
30 X 35

Santa at Hayti

Professional photography will be available in various sizes, with digital files. Appointments available.

Poetry Slam Writing and Performance Workshop

Get started in poetry slam competitions with this free workshop. Offered by Jambalaya Soul Slam Academy.

Black Santa at Hayti

Visit Black Santa at the Hayti Heritage Center. Photographs available while you wait so bring the family and celebrate! Professional photography will be available in various sizes, with digital files.

School Psychologist Dr.Umar Johnson

Dr Johnson will discuss educational and other issues relating to the the future of Afrikan children, as well as many other topics of importance to Black America.

Hayti Heritage Film Festival

The Hayti Heritage Center celebrates Durham's African-American heritage and its historic Hayti community, which was a thriving enclave in the early 20th century. This annual film festival furthers …

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604