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Historic Places

Starting off as a popular home for two tribes of Native Americans and developing into one of the most globally notable cities for technology, innovation, education, and health care, it is of little surprise that Durham boasts a historically noteworthy past.

After the war effectively ended, Durham is where the South’s industrial revolution started with tobacco and textile industries, where the Civil Rights movement gained significant traction, and where one of the nation’s premier universities made its home. Framed by the structural skeletons of its bygone days, Durham is blazing a path forward making new history everyday.

Durham Civil War

Durham's Role in the Civil War

Help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by learning more about the people and places affected by war between the states. See more...

Durham Contemporary African Americans

Explore African-American History

From music to education to a key role in the Civil Rights movement, Durham's African-American community has made tremendous contributions. See more...

Picked Bits of History

Picked Bits of History

Durham is home to the world’s largest privately held collection of Gibson flathead five-string Mastertone banjos made between 1930 and 1942...See more...

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March 6 - August 3, 2014

"Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection" Art Exhibit

Since the turn of the 20th century, artists have appropriated imagery from well-known works of art, commodities and the media in order to make a statement about art’s relationship to, and place within, our world. The artists included in this installation use appropriation in their own way and for their own purposes, addressing themes of identity, politics, economics, history and nostalgia. Central to all of these works are questions of originality and the processes that go into making art. This installation includes works from the Nasher Museum’s collection by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Alice Wagner, Vik Muniz, Alexander Kosolapov and others. Admission $5, $4 seniors, $3 non-Duke students with student ID.

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