Supporters of Durham 150: Issue #12

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 commemoration.

Durham 150 Staff Highlight

Of the Durham 150 staff, we’ve already introduced project manager, Gineen Cargo, and project assistant, Shadé Shakur. Gineen and Shadé have worked throughout the year to coordinate a grant program, 150+ events, signature events, sponsorships, marketing efforts and historical content. The final member of the Durham 150 team is social media specialist Alyssa Noble, who assists with social media efforts in addition to contributing to the sesquicentennial commemoration in other ways behind the scenes.

Alyssa is a modern dancer, choreographer and community organizer originally from Chicago. She moved to the Triangle in 2011 in pursuit of a close artistic community. Alyssa co-produces and co-directs A+A Dance Company with her artistic partner Allie Pfeffer. She also co-organizes Durham Independent Dance Artists, an organization that curates and markets seasons of independent dance in Durham.

As the social media specialist for Durham 150, Alyssa is thrilled to be building community, connecting folks to resources and celebrating the Bull City’s past, present and future. If you haven’t already, please be sure to follow Durham 150 on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Got Your Durham 150 Merch?

We love seeing folks around town in Durham 150 gear! If you haven’t gotten yours yet, we have t-shirts, hats, magnets, and stickers available at If you’re a retailer interested in carrying Durham 150 merchandise, let us know.

Taking a Moment to Thank our Sponsors

Earlier this month, we thanked our Community & Business Partners committed to helping us achieve the mission of Durham 150. Here’s a list of Durham 150 investors, additional businesses and individuals that have contributed to the official sesquicentennial commemoration.

  • Acme Plumbing
  • Bill and Susan Amey
  • Bob Ashley
  • John and Sandra Atkins
  • The Bartlett
  • Baskerville Fund of TCF
  • Shelly Green and Reyn Bowman
  • Jeff and Charlotte Clark
  • Eno Ventures
  • Isaac and Pamela Green
  • Richard and Trena Hawkins
  • Richard Holcomb and Jamie DeMent Holcomb
  • McKinney
  • Bruce Metge and Leslie Smith
  • Morgan Imports
  • moss+ross LLC
  • Mayor Steve Schewel and Lao Rubert
  • Bill and Lucy Stokes
  • Robb and Susan Teer
  • Tilley Family Fund of TCF
  • Andy and Ginny Widmark

We thank all that have contributed to our efforts as we work toward our mission: recognizing Durham’s past, present, and future with a year of events, activities, and community engagement.

You can find a full list of Durham 150 sponsors on our website.

Upcoming Durham 150 Events


There are a host of significant events coming up for people of all ages and walks of life. Many are free and designed to help us all learn more about Durham’s past, present, and future. Find a searchable listing of all events here.


Henna: The Unknown History
Durham 150 Grantee
July 19, 2019
4-8 p.m.
GMMC Digital/GPazz Live
112 Hunt St., Durham, NC 27701


Happy Hour at Vert & Vogue with John Schelp

July 19, 2019
5:30-6:30 p.m.
FREE with drinks on the house!
Vert & Vogue
353 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27701



Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts
July 20, 2019
10-3 p.m.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site
2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham, NC 27705


Full Frame School of Doc
Durham 150 Grantee
July 23, 2019
6-8 p.m.
Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus
Blackwell St., Durham, NC 27701


Durham Historic Trolley Tour
Durham 150 Grantee
July 25, 2019
6-7:15 p.m.
St. Philips Episcopal Church, Parking Lot
403 E. Main St., Durham, NC 27701


Super/Natural: Stories of Science & The Unknown: Audio Under the Stars
Durham 150 Grantee
July 26, 2019
8-10 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, NC 27705


Tapcork: Durham

July 27 2019
3-9 p.m.
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St., Durham, North Carolina 27701


Bull City Roller Derby – First Home Bout
Durham 150 Grantee
July 28, 2019
4-8 p.m.
Wheel’s Skate Rink
715 N. Hoover Rd., Durham, NC 27703


Duke Homestead Vintage Baseball Game
August 3, 2019
7 p.m.
$5, children under 4 free
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
409 Blackwell St., Durham, NC 27701


Noche de Ferias
August 6, 2019
4-8 p.m.
El Centro Hispano
2000 Chapel Hill Rd. #26a, Durham, NC 27707



Historical Note


As the City of Medicine (and as we work our way through celebrating the changemakers nominated by the Sesquicentennial Honors Commission), we thought it we’d take a moment to touch on our history of medical innovation. Did you know, for example, that Five Points Drug Company created BC Headache Powder in 1906 in Durham?


According to the Honors Commission’s report, Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum was born in 1957 in Durham and was a nurse, educator, consultant and community advocate for the healthcare of all. In 1995, she and her sister co-founded Healing with CAARE, Inc., a community organization on Broadway Street that began as a place to provide support, education and empowerment to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their affected families. Today, it offers medical care and resources for a broad range of services.


Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore was born during the Civil War to free parents, was educated in the local schools of Columbus County, and was declared a medical doctor at the age of 25 after completing his studies at Shaw’s Leonard Medical College in three years. In 1888, Dr. Moore came to Durham, where he became the first African American physician to practice and became a preeminent civic and philanthropic leader in the city. In 1895, he organized the Durham Drug Company in order to offer African Americans a much-needed drug store, and to train young pharmacists. In 1898, he co-founded what would become the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, Mechanics and Farmers Bank, and North Carolina Central University.


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Shelly Green & Patrick Mucklow
Co-Chairs, Durham 150

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