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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

John Hope Franklin

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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Historic Stagville

  • 5828 Old Oxford Hwy
  • Durham, NC 27712
  • (919) 620-0120
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

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, …

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Geer Cemetery

  • Camden at Colonial and McGill Sts
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • East Durham

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 Hillside High School

  • 200 E Umstead St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Hillside Park High School was built in 1922. Of all the historically black high schools in North Carolina, it is the oldest that is still standing today.

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Historic Woolworth's Counter

  • 1801 Fayetteville St, NCCU, James E. Shepard Memorial Library
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 530-6100
  • Downtown Area

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 …

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James E. Shepard House

  • 1902 Fayetteville St
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 530-6363
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Built in 1925 for N.C. Central University founder James E. Shepard; served as the official residence of the university’s presidents through the 1980s. Houses displays and interactive exhibits on the …

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James E. Shepard Memorial Library - NCCU

  • 1801 Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 530-6473
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

N.C. Central University's main library serves as a repository for federal documents, maps, and microfilm, as well as Genealogical resources. The library's Treasure Room preserves many primary …

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John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary & International Studies

  • 2204 Erwin Rd, Duke University
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 668-1923
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

The Center's public gallery houses rotating exhibits that showcase documentary and artistic responses to Franklin's life and work as well as African and African-American culture and other topics of …

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John Hope Franklin Research Center

  • 411 Chapel Dr, William R. Perkins Library
  • Durham, NC 27708
  • (919) 660-5922
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Research Center seeks to collect, preserve, and promote the use of library materials bearing on the history of Africa and people of African descent.

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Lincoln Community Health Center, Inc.

  • 1301 Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27707-2325
  • (919) 956-4000
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Dr. Aaron M. Moore established Lincoln Hospital as the first Durham hospital for African-Americans in 1901 on Proctor St. Now known as Lincoln Community Health Center, it is operated by Duke …

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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