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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


Browse Durham's African-Heritage Sites:




North Carolina Central University

Located in the historic Hayti neighborhood on the eastern side of Durham, NCCU is home to an art museum, biomanufacturing and biomedical research institutes, an award-winning marching band, and …

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North Carolina Central University Art Museum

NCCU was the first publically funded African-American liberal arts college in the country, and the school continues that legacy today with one of the state’s leading collections of art that engages …

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M&F Bank

Founded by nine prominent African-American businessmen in 1907. Has operated continuously and profitably since opening for business one year later. 

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Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

Named after the “great lady of Jazz,” pianist, composer, and teacher Mary Lou Williams, who was artist-in-residence at Duke University from 1977–81. The purpose of the Center for Black Culture, …

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North Carolina Central University Women's Gym

Location of the first integrated college basketball game in the South. Was played in secret behind locked gym doors in defiance of Jim Crow laws. NC College (now NCCU) defeated the Duke Medical …

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Pauli Murray House

The childhood home of civil rights activist Pauli Murray, who was also the first African-American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest. The home was named a National Historic Landmark in 2017. …

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Perkins Library - Duke University

America's seventh-largest private university library houses several thousand rare and unique materials, including maps, photographs, films, broadsides, Confederate prints, ancient clay tablets, …

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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

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