History Groves - Emanuel “Mutt” and Sara Evans
Six-term Mayor, business entrepreneurs, moral examples and leaders in the faith community…Emanuel and Sara Evans changed Durham forever. During twelve years as Durham’s “First Family” during the 1950s and 60s, they forged a diverse political coalition based on civility and respect and built a thriving retail business, putting their beliefs in racial equality into everyday action. Their activism in Jewish causes found outlets at the local, state and national levels, with Beth-El Synagogue and the Judaic Studies Program at Duke and UNC among the beneficiaries. Mutt Evans helped Durham shine beyond the city’s borders through his ten-year tenure as head of the N.C. Mayors Association and his appointment by President Kennedy to a national board to represent the interests of towns and cities across the United States.