Post-Civil War era comes alive at Durham Beginnings launch

On April 12, the Museum held Durham’s first major event commemorating the end of the Civil War. Music from those years and pertinent dramatic readings highlighted the Sunday afternoon event, which was carried out in collaboration with the Durham County Library. Catch up on photos and commentary via the Herald-Sun’s front-page overview.




Build your knowledge of Durham’s Reconstruction era by attending the following events:

May 25, 10am-Noon, Maplewood Cemetery — The Museum joins the Pauli Murray Project and others in honoring the legacy of the family of Richard Fitzgerald, educator and brick maker, who helped shape Durham’s early years.

May 11-23 – Duke Homestead marks the anniversary of Washington Duke’s homeward trek from New Bern to Durham by having historian and reenactor Philip Brown take that journey himself, dressed in period clothing and holding events at stops along the way. He’ll reach Durham on May 22 or 23.

May 30-31 – Historic Stagville will host cooking demos, special tours, children’s activities, and living historians who will discuss life after the end of slavery. The event is called Freedom 150: Commemorating Emancipation at Stagville.

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