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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

 

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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 …

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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, …

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Asbury Temple United Methodist Church

  • 201 S Alston Ave
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • East Durham

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 …

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Beechwood Cemetery

  • 3300 Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4156
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

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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Black Wall Street / Historic Parrish Street

  • Parrish St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4965 x15216
  • Downtown Area

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 …

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Confronting Change Exhibit at the Carolina Theatre

  • 309 W Morgan St, Downtown Durham
  • 2nd Floor Balcony Level
  • I-85 Exit 177
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-3030
  • Downtown Area

"The Confronting Change" exhibit, chronicling the 85-year history of the Carolina Theatre complex, the fascinating history of Durham’s beloved theater is told through historic photos, reproductions …

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Dr. James E. Shepard Statue by William H. Zorach

  • North Carolina Central University, in front of Clyde R Hoey Administration
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Son of Augustus Shepard, former pastor of White Rock Baptist Church, James graduated from Shaw University in pharmacy but followed his father into the ministry. He founded the National Religious …

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Durham County Library, Stanford L. Warren Branch

  • 1201 Fayetteville St, at Umstead St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-0270
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

The Stanford L. Warren Branch Library was formerly the Durham Colored Library until it merged with the present system in 1966. Located within a mile of the Main Library, S.L. Warren Branch serves a …

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Durham Hosiery Mill (Mill #1)

  • 803 Angier Ave
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 682-4866
  • Downtown Area

Built c. 1902 as the nerve center of the world's largest hosiery mill complex. Today it provides housing for seniors. On National Register of Historic Places.

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Durham Hosiery Mills Dye House

  • 708-710 Gilbert St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • Downtown Area

Built between 1920 and 1921, the Durham Hosiery Mills Dye House is located near the intersection of Holloway and Elizabeth Sts.

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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