Learn - History Groves

Since 2012, the Museum of Durham History has partnered 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 funding support 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. The above StoryMap is a great resource to help with locating these History Groves, and a larger version of it can be found here

History Groves are made possible with generous support from the BIN Charitable Foundation.


Location: Durham Central Park

Honoree: Dr. John Hope Franklin, Noted historian

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Location: Juniper Street

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

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Location: Maureen Joy Charter School

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

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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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Location: Durham Center for Senior Life

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

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Location: Orchard Park

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

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Location: Reflection Garden at SEEDS

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

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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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Location: Oval Park

Honoree: Dorothy Kitchen, Durham Musician and Educator Extraordinaire

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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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Locations: Forest Hills Park

Honoree: Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans

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Location: Wrightwood Park

Honoree: Dr. Robert Durden

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Location: Sandy Creek Park

Honoree: Larry Stogner

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