Supporters of Durham 150: Issue #9

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.


The Durham 150 Grant Application is Now Closed

The Durham 150 grant program was established to support individuals and organizations requiring assistance to bring their anniversary-related community event or project to fruition. After awarding a total of 75 grants to date, the application for funding is now closed. We will announce the last round of grant recipients from the May application deadline in the next week.

To participate in an event or project funded by a grant, please visit the calendar and look for those marked as a ‘Durham 150 Grantee.’ The website also has a form to submit your event information if you’re planning something to celebrate the sesquicentennial.


Durham 150 Merchandise: A Call for Retailers

We announced Durham 150 merchandise is now available ( in our last newsletter! If you haven’t seen some of the options, we’ve collected a few photos of folks wearing the gear around town.

Interested in having Durham 150 items for sale in your store? In hopes of having Durham 150 merchandise available across the Bull City this year, we have worked with Brand Fuel, a promotional products agency, to create a partners and retailer section of the Durham 150 e-store. There, you’ll be able to log in and purchase larger quantities of items at a discounted/wholesale price for resale. We are pleased to invite you to participate in selling Durham 150 goods at your retail location and are excited to offer flexible products and quantities in the partners and retailer section of the e-store.

To gain access to the Durham 150 store, please follow the instructions below:

  • Click the following link to generate an email to Brand Fuel Customer Service. In the email, please let us know that you would like to have access to the Partners & Retailers section of the Durham 150 store: Access to Durham 150 Partners & Retailers section
  • You can also call Customer Service at 1-800-319-6778

Brand Fuel, Inc

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. EST

Open Monday-Friday except holidays


Taking a Moment to Thank our Sponsors

In the last email, we thanked The Duke Endowment for its contribution as the Washington Duke-level sponsor.

We have two Durham 150 Bull City Champion sponsors to thank in this newsletter: Precision BioSciences and the DMA Charitable Foundation. Their contributions will help Durham 150 achieve its mission to recognize Durham’s past, present, and future with a year of events, activities and community engagement.

You can find a 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.

Swingin’ at Minnie Tee’s
Durham 150 Grantee
June 7, 2019
6 p.m.–8 p.m.
$10 General Admission, $5 Children, 6-12
Hayti Heritage Center
804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27701

Celebrating Dance in Durham
Durham 150 Grantee
June 8, 2019
3 p.m.
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701

10th Annual “Promoting Human Excellence” Banquet
Durham 150 Grantee
June 8, 2019
6 p.m.
The Ivy Center
4222 Fayetteville Rd, Durham, NC

ADF Pop Up Performances
Durham 150 Grantee
June 13–July 20, 2019


Upcoming Pop-Ups:

ADF Opening Night-Reynolds Industries Theater
June 13, 2019
7:30 p.m.
125 Science Drive, Durham NC 27708

Durham City Hall Lobby-City Council Meeting
June 17, 2019
6:30 p.m.
101 City Hall Plaza, Durham NC 27701

DPAC Lawn – Mark Morris Performance
June 19, 2019
6:15 p.m.
123 Vivian Street, Durham NC 27701

15th Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration

Durham 150 Grantee
June 15, 2019
1 p.m.–10 p.m.
East Main Street, between Roxboro and Dillard Streets
Durham, NC 27701

Black Genius Time Capsule Burial and Processional
Durham 150 Grantee
June 15, 2019

Freedom thru ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Juneteenth 2019
Durham 150 Grantee
June 19-21, 2019
Jeddah’s Tearoom 123 Market St, Suite A

June 19
Photo Exhibition Opens
Panel Discussion and Tea
6 p.m.–8 p.m.

June 21
Photo Exhibition Closes

ConnectEd Youth Conference
Durham 150 Grantee
June 20-21, 2019
Registration is Closed

Make Music Day Durham
Durham 150 Grantee
June 21, 2019
Various Locations and Times
Contact to participate

Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall
Durham 150 Grantee
June 22

DIY Fest
Durham 150 Grantee
June 22, 2019
12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Located in Lakewood Shopping Center, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

Durham Refugee Day
June 23, 2019
3 p.m.–6 p.m.
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Historical Note

In case you missed it, former Mayor Wense Grabarek turned 100 years old last month. Mayor Grabarek served as mayor from 1963-1971, during a pivotal time in the civil rights movement. As he told the Herald-Sun during the press conference we held to kick off Durham 150 in December 2018, he believes “our diverse togetherness is life to the soul of the city of Durham.”

Eddie Davis, former city council member and public historian for Durham’s sesquicentennial, coordinated a celebration prior to a City Council meeting with other mayors, family, and friends. Durham 150 provided 100 cupcakes for the centennial tribute. Check out photos from the event here.

Do you have a friend, family member or colleague who would be interested in receiving these Durham 150 newsletters? Let them know they can subscribe to updates on Durham 150 here.


Shelly Green & Patrick Mucklow
Co-Chairs, Durham 150


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