The exhibit examines how social, economic, and political changes in Durham during the war left a lasting legacy of future movements toward equality. It shows how black and white soldiers of Durham joined the fight in Europe, many paying the ultimate sacrifice. Yet under the segregated military, their experiences were drastically different. Durham’s tobacco industry also reached new heights as an important resource for soldiers abroad, while playing a key role in strengthening those who had otherwise felt socially excluded. African Americans and white women utilized war-time economic needs to gain leadership roles in local and state government, attain independence, and to organize in favor of equality.