Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project: Our Pictures and Stories

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 9:00am to Monday, January 31, 2011 - 5:00pm
Lyndhurst and Bridges Porches

The public art of the Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project features eleven 6’ fabric banners incorporating photographs, quotes from interviews with local people, and text to depict some of the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Durham. The banners from the project will be on view on the CDS porches through the holidays.

The history of Durham, North Carolina, though not long, is rich, and no aspect of it is richer than that of its African-American community. From the neighborhood that was Hayti to the businesses on Parrish Street—”Black Wall Street,” to the Durham blues, from the first African-American female Episcopal priest to the founders of the first black-owned insurance company in the U.S., Durham has many stories to tell.

The Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project focuses on one set of those stories—those about the Civil Rights Movement in Durham. The project’s main focus has been to collect photographs depicting the movement in Durham. Oral histories of Durham’s civil rights era have also been gathered by the project. These stories and images only begin to tell the story of events that happened here and changes that came about because of them. During the course of three collection days, sixteen stories were recorded and nearly 125 photographs were collected from both private individuals and professional photographers.