Supporters of Durham 150: February Issue

Welcome to the Supporters of Durham 150 newsletter, designed to keep those interested in Durham’s sesquicentennial updated on all the planning activities surrounding the yearlong event.

Opening Celebration
The Opening Celebration Committee is planning a celebratory event to bring the community together and formally kick off the anniversary on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Save the date and stay tuned for more information.

Are You a Friend or Follower of Durham 150?

Visit the Durham 150 website. Additionally, follow us on Facebook, Instagram,and Twitter at @DurhamNC150. Be sure to follow us on social media to learn more about Durham 150 endorsed events, how to list an event on the event calendar, and how you can submit for a grant to support your event or project.

Join Us at a Public Event to Learn More About Durham 150

We will be out in the community to spread the message about Durham 150 and to encourage involvement. Below are dates and locations where we’ll be providing information about the project and how to lend support.

  • February 19 – 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Join us at the offices of Discover Durham to learn more about the Durham 150 project to brainstorm about event activation and project ideas, and to learn more about available grants
    212 W. Main St.
    Durham, NC 27701
    * Please RSVP to attend the above event by sending an email to
  • February 28 – 3-7 p.m.
    We will be at the Durham Co-op on their $3 meal night with an information table
    1111 W. Chapel Hill St.
    Durham, NC 27701

Get Involved!

Are you interested in hosting an event or coordinating a project you or your organization will be doing in 2019 that aligns with one of the four Durham 150 themes (Art & Leisure, History & Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Social Equity & Robust Democracy)? Visit submit your event or project for endorsement by the Durham 150 project!

We want all Durham residents, friends, and supporters to stay up to date on Durham 150 celebrations and events. Please forward this e-mail to friends, neighbors, and co-workers who wish to receive updates on Durham 150. Better yet, send them this form.

Upcoming Durham 150 Events & Information

Portraits of Durham Call for Artists
Who or what represents Durham to you? The Durham Arts Council is asking visual artists to submit work that captures the spirit and diversity of the Bull City. Selected pieces will be included in the upcoming exhibit “Portraits of Durham,” on view at the Durham Arts Council March 15 – May 2, 2019. The “Portraits of Durham” exhibit will coincide with Durham’s official sesquicentennial commemoration, Durham 150. The themes explored in the exhibit will be in keeping with Durham 150’s mission: recognizing Durham’s past, present, and future, honoring the changemakers who shaped Durham’s unique sense of place, promoting ideals of inclusiveness and shared prosperity, and celebrating the community’s spirit, values, and accomplishments.

For detailed information about submitting your work for consideration, download this PDF, or email Susan at Submissions must be received no later than Friday, February 22; there is no fee to apply.

Exhibit Opening – Black Students Matter: Taking Over Allen in ’69
February 13, 2019
Chappell Family Gallery
411 Chapel Dr., Durham, NC 27705
4:30-6:30 p.m.

DCSL Poetry Jazz Cafe
February 15, 2019
Durham Center for Senior Life
406 Rigsbee Ave., Durham, NC 27701
6-8 p.m.
$20; $15 in advance

Louis Austin Exhibit Public Lecture & Book Signing
February 15, 2019
Museum of Durham History
500 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27701
6-8 p.m.
FREE admission

An Evening with André Leon Talley: Movie Screening and Q&A
February 17, 2019
Hillside High School
3727 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27707
7-10 p.m.
$10 suggested donation

Panel Series: Tobacco and the African American Experience
February 23, March 9, March 23
Duke Homestead State Historic Site
2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham, NC 27705
2 p.m.
FREE admission

The Gospel According to André
March 17, 2019
St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center
804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27701
2:30-5:30 p.m.

Let’s Talk Racism Conference
March 23, 2019
Sold Out

Ruby Friday | Sculptor Stephen Hayes
March 29, 2019
Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Dr., Durham, NC 27705
12-1 p.m.
FREE admission

Old West Durham Neighborhood Hike
March 30, 2019
Across from White Star Laundry
Ninth and Green Streets, Durham, NC 27705

Find a listing of all events here.

Donate Now!
Your involvement is needed to help plan and execute a dynamic, yearlong observance that includes everything from a community-wide family reunion and series of events to celebrations of our roots and all that lies ahead.

Visit to donate to help make the Durham 150 vision a reality!

Shelly Green & Patrick Mucklow
Co-Chairs, Durham 150

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