Two Durham-based tour companies - Whistle-Stop Tours and Brown Hat Tours will lead free historic tours in Downtown. Whistle-stop Tours founder and director Aya Shabu will lead a one-hour walking tour of Parrish Street, once known as "Black Wall Street of America," beginning at noon. Brown Hat Tours founder and president Malcolm White will lead a 75-minute walking tour of the downtown area at 5pm. Both tours will begin and end at CCB Plaza, at the corner of Corcoran and Chapel Hill Streets, and are handicapped-accessible.
The evening tour, said Malcolm White, "weaves history with storytelling in a way that provides context for people living in Durham today, and describes both the opportunities and challenges facing a growing city."
The events are planned in conjunction with Jane Jacobs Walks, an international organization that promotes free neighborhood walking, biking, and transit tours that help put people in touch with their environment and with the people who live in their community.
They honor Jane Jacobs, a New York and Toronto-based community organizer whose community-based approach to city building was captured in her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. It introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail, that now seem like common sense to generations of architects, planners, politicians and activists.
The tours are free, and no advance reservation is required.