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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:




St. Joseph's Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center

St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation (SJHF) is a non-profit organization that manages the Hayti Heritage Center. SJHF is dedicated to preserving Durham's African-American heritage and the impact of the …

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Site of Former Downtown Durham Woolworth Store

Site of 1960 lunch counter sit-in where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. appeared and first endorsed direct but non-violent confrontation with segregation laws. King's famous "Fill up the jails" speech in …

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St. Joseph's Performance Hall at the Hayti Heritage Center

A cultural arts and arts education facility located near Downtown Durham in the historic Hayti community. The center preserves and advances the heritage and culture of historic Hayti and the …

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White Rock Baptist Church

Founded in 1866, this congregation was served for many years by Dr. Augustus Shepard, father of N.C. Central University founder Dr. James E. Shepard. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed its …

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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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