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Historic Sites & Displays

American Tobacco

300 Blackwell St, American Tobacco, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

The former home of the Lucky Strike cigarette factory has been transformed into a one-million-sq.-ft. entertainment district, complete with apartments and offices in addition to restaurants, a documentary theater, a barber shop, a basketball court, plenty of open green common space under the iconic Lucky Strike smokestack, and more. Restaurants include offerings of authentic Italian, Cuban tapas, and classic American, as well as craft beers and other libations to make a night out of a trip to DPAC or the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, both located across the street. American Tobacco also puts on many of their own events, like art shows, pop-up shops, and free concerts in the summer.
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Asbury Temple United Methodist Church

201 S Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27701

United Methodist Church led by Reverend Shane Benjamin. In the late 1950s, Rev. Douglas E. Moore helped pioneer and mentor the student sit-in movement to integrate white-only lunch counters in the South. He was the first N.C. delegate to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
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Beechwood Cemetery

3300 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707

Contains many instances of funereal art and the graves of many of Durham’s early African-American business and community leaders. Located next to White Rock Baptist Church.
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Bennett Place State Historic Site

4409 Bennett Memorial Rd, Durham, NC 27705

Bennett Place is the site of the largest troop surrender and the effective end of the Civil War. It was in April 1965 that Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and his Union adversary, General William T. Sherman decided to meet in Durham at Bennett Place, where Gen. Johnston surrendered the Southern armies in the Carolinas, Florida, and Georgia. That historic event can be explored at this official North Carolina State Historic Site. Today it includes restored historic structures, special living history events, including a commemoration on the anniversary, and tours – all available without any admission fees.
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In the early 1900s, African-American businesses prospered along what became known as "Black Wall Street." In the 1960s, Civil Rights pioneers staged sit-ins here and received a memorable visit from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Features NC Highway Historical Marker and six bronze sculptures commemorating the history of the street, and is the location of the Historic Parrish Street Forum, a meeting space that will also serve as a history education resource.
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Brightleaf District

Gregson St at Main St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

The Brightleaf Square District is anchored by two tobacco warehouses renovated to house shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Located in the west end of Downtown Durham, the district also includes a section along Main St. housing additional dining and retail. Built in the early 1900s to store and age the tobacco produced by the American Tobacco Company, it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tenants include luxury clothiers and jewelers; a record store complete with LPs, CDs, and Durham apparel; an antique bookstore; and a variety of food, drink, and nightlife options, from a brewpub with Durham-made beer to a Brazilian steakhouse to fresh seafood to Mexican.
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Brightleaf Square

Gregson St at Main St, Brightleaf District, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

Built in the early 1900s to store and age the tobacco produced by the American Tobacco Company and on the National Register of Historic Places, Brightleaf Square consists of two separate warehouses renovated to house shops, restaurants, and offices. The space between the two structures is now a public courtyard, hosting seasonal events and concerts. Tenants include luxury clothiers and jewelers; a record store complete with LPs, CDs, and Durham apparel; and a bookstore brimming with rare pieces of publishing history. There’s also a Brazilian steakhouse, a café featuring gelato and other desserts, and, across Main St. in another building, authentic Mexican, fresh seafood, and a brewpub featuring Durham-made beer.
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Bullington Warehouse

500 N Duke St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

Last of the brick tobacco warehouses to be built in Downtown Durham in 1927. On National Register of Historic Places.
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Carolina Theatre

309 W Morgan St, Downtown Durham, I-85 Exit 177, Durham, NC 27701

Situated in the heart of Downtown Durham, this Beaux Arts-style building includes Fletcher Hall, restored to its original 1926 décor, which houses live performances by musicians, comics, speakers, theater companies, and special series like the Arts Discovery Series, which are stage performances designed to augment traditional classroom learning with presentations of dance, classic works like Charlotte’s Web, and other pieces. The building also includes two adjacent cinemas that screen newly released films and classic works from cinema history in the Retro Film Series. These screens are also home to annual film festivals like the nationally renowned Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and the Nevermore Film Festival of horror movies.
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Downtown Durham Historic District

Downtown Durham, Downtown Loop, Durham, NC 27701

North Carolina's first commercial district on the National Register of Historic Places. Includes Main Street, government buildings, central business district, Convention Center, Brightleaf & Warehouse Districts, and American Tobacco & Golden Belt Campuses.
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Duke Basketball Museum & Sports Hall of Fame

306 Towerview Dr, Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center, Durham, NC 27708

Impressively, given the global academic renown that the university has captured, Duke University may be best known for their men’s basketball team. The Blue Devils have won four NCAA championships and over 20 ACC tournaments and produced dozens of All Americans and nine national players of the year, all in addition to having a hall of fame coach in Mike Krzyzewski. You can see the trophies, the memorabilia, the videos, and more behind this storied history at the Duke Basketball Museum. Duke also has many other athletic success stories that are showcased in the connected Duke Sports Hall of Fame, celebrating all 26 athletic teams and the combined 13 national championships these stars helped win.
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Duke Homestead State Historic Site

2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705

This National Historic Landmark marks the spot where Washington Duke started his worldwide tobacco empire. After learning of the demand Union soldiers had for brightleaf tobacco during his service in the Civil War, Duke returned to the fledgling tobacco operation he had left behind, built a small factory, and began selling his product to the world. The historic site includes the restored mid-1800s Duke family home, tobacco barns, original factory, and farm. It also has a museum to showcase the beginnings of the modern day tobacco industry, complete with demonstrations of early farming techniques and manufacturing processes, special programs, and experts to answer any questions you may have.
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Duke University Chapel

401 Chapel Dr, Duke University West Campus, Durham, NC 27708

Duke Chapel is the most visible piece of Duke University's architectural beauty. Its tower soars 210 feet above West Campus, making this neo-Gothic building an awe-inspiring sight. The structure houses the Flentrop Organ (5,200 pipes), 50-bell carillon, and is adorned with stained-glass windows. Completed in 1932, the Chapel now houses a robust and welcoming church community with interdenominational services open to the public that are notable not only for the beauty of the building, but for the music integrated into each service and played on one of the three organs and sounded out by the carillon. Concerts, theological discussions, and more events are also regularly held in the Chapel, making it a centerpiece of the religious community at Duke, and in Durham as a whole.
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Ephphatha Church

220 W Geer St, Durham, NC 27701

Neo-Gothic-Revival-style church constructed in 1930. One of only four churches in the nation to be built for the Deaf. Now on the National Register of Historic Places.
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First Baptist Church

414 Cleveland St, Durham, NC 27701

1927 Neoclassical Revival building with 1,100-seat sanctuary for congregation dating to 1845. Dr. Andrew Davis now leads the congregation.
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First Presbyterian Church

305 E Main St, Durham, NC 27701

This 1916 building with German stained-glass windows stands on the site of two previous churches built by the congregation in 1875 and 1890. Currently led by Pastor Joseph S. Harvard.
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Geer Cemetery

Camden at Colonial and McGill Sts, Durham, NC 27701

First cemetery for African-Americans in Durham, including the founders of White Rock Baptist Church and St. Joseph’s AME Church and organizer of the Hayti neighborhood. Includes some funereal art.
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Historic Baldwin Building

107 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

1927 Neoclassical building, former site of Baldwin's Department Store.
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Historic Durham Athletic Park

500 W Corporation St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

Originally named El Toro Park when it was first built in 1926, the Historic Durham Athletic Park served as the home of the Durham Bulls for almost 70 years, and was a film location for the movie Bull Durham. In 1995, the team moved to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, a mile south, but this field is still maintained as the home of the NCCU baseball team and is available for rentals for special occasions. The park is a short walk from many of Durham’s great visitor draws including the Central Park dining and entertainment district.
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Historic Stagville

5828 Old Oxford Hwy, Durham, NC 27712

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, slave quarters, and a unique barn, this historic site is dedicated to preserving and studying the plantation’s African-American culture. In addition to offering free tours daily, Stagville regularly hosts events that add to the educational and cultural experience of the site, including lectures from experts on the lives of the enslaved and celebrations that offer a personal experience of those lives. Annual events including Juneteenth and “Christmas at the Big House, Christmas at the Quarters" provide unique opportunities for visitors.
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Historic Woolworth's Counter

1801 Fayetteville St, NCCU, James E. Shepard Memorial Library , Durham, NC 27707

After a pioneering sit-in at the Durham Woolworth's lunch counter on Feb. 8, 1960, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continued this form of civil protest in other locations throughout the South to great effect. A portion of this original lunch counter, its seats, and pie rack are now preserved in the James E. Shepard Memorial Library at North Carolina Central University.
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Maplewood Cemetery

1621 Duke University Rd, Durham, NC 27701

Over 100 acres of history dating to 1869. Civil War veterans and soldiers, tobacco magnates, and community leaders rest here, including the Duke and Carr families. Many gravesites marked with Victorian funereal art.
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North Carolina Central University

1801 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707

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 fifteen athletic squads which compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. It is an integral part of Durham’s proud history as the nation's first public liberal arts college for African Americans. NCCU was founded by Dr. James E. Shepard as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race in 1909. In 1925 it became the first state-supported liberal arts college for African Americans in the country, and in 1972 it joined the University of North Carolina System. The school carries that proud heritage today, working to train socially responsible leaders in a diverse society.
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Patterson's Mill Country Store, Inc.

5109 Farrington Rd, between NC Hwy 54 & Old Chapel Hill Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Patterson’s Mill Country Store has been open since 1973, but don’t be surprised if it feels much older: the memorabilia and artifacts displayed in the aisles and on the walls harken back to the original 1870s Patterson & Company Store. ` With a permanent collection of Americana that includes a fully furnished, turn-of-the-century doctor's office, as well as a collection of historic pharmaceutical goods and tobacco advertisements, in addition to local crafts, antiques, and collectibles that are available for purchase, this country store is a trip back into the past.
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Pauli Murray House

906 Carroll St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

Childhood home of Pauli Murray, a civil rights activist and the first African-American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest. It was built by her grandfather, Robert Fitzgerald, a Civil War veteran who came south to teach emancipated African Americans. Murray worked throughout her life to fight racial, gender, and sexual discrimination, and the site is the future home of The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice.
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Preservation Durham

115 Market St, Ste 221, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

Founded in 1974 as the Historic Preservation Society of Durham; recognized as one of the most active preservation organizations in the region. Presents the annual Old Durham Home Tour as well as several walking tours per month of Durham areas.
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Site of Former Downtown Durham Woolworth Store

124 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

Site of 1960 lunch counter sit-in where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. appeared and first endorsed direct but non-violent confrontation with segregation laws. King's famous "Fill up the jails" speech in Durham followed. Sit-ins were pioneered by King's classmate, Rev. Douglas Moore of Durham, then spread throughout the South. A portion of the historic Durham Woolworth counter as well as its seats and a pie rack are on display in the William Jones Building at North Carolina Central University.
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St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation is dedicated to preserving Durham's African-American heritage and proud black history at its Hayti Heritage Center, a cultural and educational institution that houses a community room, two classrooms/artists' studios, a dance studio, the two-level Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery, the Rhythm & Blues Gallery, and the 450-seat St. Joseph's Performance Hall. Located in a former church listed on the National Historic Landmark registry, the Hayti Heritage Center aims to enrich and educate through concerts, classes, art exhibits, and other events that showcase African-American culture and heritage.
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Restored former sanctuary of St. Joseph's AME Church, one of America's first autonomous African-American churches dating back to 1869. On the National Register of Historic Places, this 1891 Richardsonian Romanesque building includes stained glass windows honoring legendary patrons. Renovated into a performance hall by St. Joseph's Historic Foundation, Inc.
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Trinity United Methodist Church

215 N Church St, Durham, NC 27701

1924 Gothic Revival church noted for woodcarvings. Famous members included Soong Chiao-chun, one of the leaders of China's 1911 Chinese Revolution, whose two daughters married Chiang Kai-shek and Dr. Sun Yat-sen.
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Walking Tours of Duke University

2138 Campus Dr, McClendon Commons, Durham, NC 27708

One of the nation's top universities; founded as Trinity College and renamed in 1924 after an endowment by James Buchanan Duke. Highlights include Duke University Chapel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 7,060-acre Duke Forest, Duke Lemur Center, Nasher Museum of Art, and Duke University Medical Center. Student-led campus tours conducted through the admissions office; call for information. Reservations Required.
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West Point on the Eno

5101 N Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC 27704

Combining natural beauty and history, West Point on the Eno is free park along the Eno River spanning 404 acres with three historic buildings. A rebuilt grist mill on the site of what was once the largest mill on the river operates once again after the original closed in 1942, and its products are sold on site. The restored house of the one-time mill owners is also available to tour, and the old tobacco packhouse is now home to the Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography. There are also five miles of scenic trails along the river and the surrounding bluffs for hiking and fishing, picnic facilities available for rent, an amphitheater used for festivals and concerts, and the river itself, with a natural play space and rapids that can be explored on a paddling trip.
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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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