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Black History Resources

Black History Resources

Black History Resources

The history of Durham's African-Americans is long and storied. The more you look, the more compelling stories, awe-inspiring feats, and impressive people you will find. Since there isn't space here to cover it all, make use of the following resources to dig deeper into this rich piece of Durham's community.

Behind the Veil at the Duke University Libraries 

This online oral history project from the Center for Documentary Studies preserves the stories about life under Jim Crow from 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, and then finally transforming again into this website, 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. Read more about it in this feature article.

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-winner 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 starting point, and the Hub's physical 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.


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