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Black History Resources

Durham’s history reflects the indispensable contributions of its African American citizens.

Even now, we’re still discovering untold stories of how Durham was influenced and shaped by the African American community. Much more than we could ever say here is available in these additional resources.

BullCity150.org

The mission of Bull City 150 is to invite Durhamites to reckon with the racial and economic injustices of the past 150 years, and commit to building a more equitable future.

Behind the Veil at the Duke University Libraries

This online oral history project from the Center for Documentary Studies preserves stories about life under Jim Crow told by those who experienced it.

Bull City Soul

Beginning as a collaborative project between a record collector and a librarian before transforming into a series of performances and exhibits, Bull City Soul tells the story of R&B, funk and soul in the 1960s and '70s in Durham.

Confronting Change at the Carolina Theatre

This permanent exhibit at the Carolina Theatre documents efforts to end segregation at the theater in the 1960s. The displays include photos, text, and a historic ticket window.

Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project at the Durham County Library

Part of the Durham County Library's North Carolina Collection, the Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project is a website that houses historic photos, oral history and timelines mapping out the events of the civil rights movement in Durham.

John Hope Franklin Center

Named after the distinguished African American scholar and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient John Hope Franklin, the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University is an interdisciplinary program hosting art exhibits, speaker series, classes and more that probe issues of race, equality and globalization.

Museum of Durham History's History Hub

The History Hub uses stories, videos, photos and interactive exhibits to educate visitors about Durham history, including the essential contributions made by African Americans. Their personal narratives, housed online, are a great resource, and the Hub's brick-and-mortar location always hosts interesting exhibits.

North Carolina Central University Art Museum

Home to one of the leading collections of African American art in the state, the NCCU art museum hosts a permanent collection as well as rotating exhibits that explore the black experience.