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Durham Black History

Durham was the site of many historic events and home to many notable historic figures, but it's an especially rich site for African-American history, earning national praise from W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington as a city of black enterprise and innovative black leaders. That legacy has grown as generations of African Americans continue to make their mark on Durham, and beyond.

This website is a companion to the African-American Heritage Guide, which introduces the essential details of Durham's role in black history and the role of African Americans in Durham's history. Here, you can explore additional aspects of Durham's black heritage, including information about related events, contemporary African Americans, and more.


AAH Story

Durham's Story

Get a brief introduction to the people, places, and events that shaped the experiences of African Americans in Durham. More

AAH Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

The calendar is always full in Durham, and this list highlights just a few annual summer events that celebrate black heritage and culture. More

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Black History Features

Explore Durham's black history and African-American culture with these feature articles, including historic photos, information about things to do, and profiles of famous Durhamites. Read More


Browse Durham's African-Heritage Sites:



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Bennett Place State Historic Site

  • 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 383-4345
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Bennett Place is the site of the largest troop surrender and the effective end of the Civil War. It was in April 1865 that Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston and his Union adversary, General …

Duke University

  • West Central Durham
  • Durham, NC 27708-0079
  • (919) 684-8111
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Duke is one of the most prestigious universities in the country, consistently included near the top of the U.S. News & World Reports' college rankings. Many of their programs are highly regarded, …

Historic Stagville

  • 5828 Old Oxford Hwy
  • Durham, NC 27712
  • (919) 620-0120
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Once one of the largest plantations in the South, with 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres of land, Stagville is a preserved piece of history. Featuring an 18th-century house, a 19th-century house, …

North Carolina Central University

  • 1801 Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27707-9363
  • (919) 530-6295
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Located in the historic Hayti neighborhood on the eastern side of Durham, NCCU is home to an art museum, biomanufacturing and biomedical research institutes, an award-winning marching band, and …

North Carolina Central University Art Museum

  • 1801 Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 530-6211
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

NCCU was the first publically funded African-American liberal arts college in the country, and the school continues that legacy today with one of the state’s leading collections of art that engages …

St. Joseph's Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center

  • 804 Old Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27701-3958
  • (919) 683-1709
  • Downtown Area

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 …

"Pauli Murray and the Virgen de Guadalupe" mural by Brett Cook

  • 2009 Chapel Hill Rd, Institute for Southern Studies
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 660-3663
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

"Pauli Murray and True Community" mural by Brett Cook

  • 313 Foster St, Trosa Furniture, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 660-3663
  • Downtown Area

"Pauli Murray In the World" mural by Brett Cook

  • 117 S Buchanan Blvd, Duke University Transit Complex
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 660-3663
  • Downtown Area

"Pauli Murray Roots and Soul" mural by Brett Cook

  • 1101 W Chapel Hill St, The Cookery, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 660-3663
  • Downtown Area


AAH Guide

African-American Heritage Guide

This digital guide helps you explore African-American contributions to Durham through historic sites, exhibits, and tours. View Guide

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