Learn - History Groves

The Museum of Durham History is partnering with local organizations to establish small groves of native trees and plants to honor individuals, families and others who played significant roles in creating our unique community. Each grove contains seating where visitors can pause and reflect, and every site has a durable marker naming the honoree. 

The museum helps facilitate establishment of the groves, with the sponsoring organization or neighborhood group taking the lead on funding, honoree selection, planting and maintenance. The museum can provide partial funding for History Grove projects, and an informal “coach” from the museum’s History Advisory Committee can be available for consultation.

Groups interested in sponsoring a History Grove should email info@modh.org for more information and a “how to” template for getting started.


1-Dr.-John-Hope-Franklin

Location: Durham Central Park

Honoree: Dr. John Hope Franklin, Noted historian

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2-Kelly-Family-and-Albright-Association

Location: Juniper Street

Honoree: Dorothy and Junior Kelly–Albright Community Association, Neighborhood leaders

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3-JamesMarshallRogers

Location: Maureen Joy Charter School

Honoree: Jay Rogers, Jr., 1972 National Teacher of the Year

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4-Lucille-Ervin

Location: Saint Mark AME Church

Honoree: Lucille Ervin, Faith leader

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Location: Durham Co-op Market

Honoree: Richard Burton Fitzgerald, Business pioneer

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heron-portrait

Location: Durham Center for Senior Life

Honoree: Becky Melton Heron, Durham County Commissioner 1982-2011

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pynes

Location: Orchard Park

Honoree: George and Mary Pyne, Humanitarians, Environmentalists, Preservationists

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bekah-resnick-in-garden

Location: Reflection Garden at SEEDS

Honoree: Rebekah (Bekah) Resnick, SEEDS Garden Manager 2006-2011

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evans-family

Location: 308 West Main Street parklet

Honoree: Emanuel “Mutt” and Sara Evans, Contributors to the civic, business and religious life of Durham

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DK

Location: Oval Park

Honoree: Dorothy Kitchen, Durham Musician and Educator Extraordinaire

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LAustin

Location: Solite Park

Honoree: Louis E. Austin, Journalist, leader, social activist

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Location: Trinity Park

Honoree: William Kenneth Boyd, Historian, teacher

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