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A Creative Protest: MLK Comes to Durham

Dr. King made several visits to Durham between 1956 and 1964 and gave six speeches, including his “Creative Protest” address at the White Rock Baptist Church in 1960. A Creative Protest these speeches in relation to the Civil Rights Movement at the local and national level. This exhibit features stories from local residents about Durham during the Civil Rights Era, their relationships with Dr. King, and reactions to his assassination.

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Durham A-Z: A is for Advertising

In our very first installment of Durham A-Z, we explored how advertising made a market for tobacco– not only in Durham but around the world!

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Don't Quit: The Nello Teer, Sr. Story

Many in Durham have heard the Teer name, but few know the backstory of the man and company he founded. A crippling injury, clashes with Jim Crow-era violence, Blue Ridge Parkway contribution, even Cherry Point rattlesnakes — these are just a few of the details found in a tale that spans more than a century and extends to countries around the world.

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Historic Russell School: Durham’s Last Rosenwald Schoolhouse

Durham’s sole surviving example of the Rosenwald movement. The school was built in 1927 as part of a system of schools funded by philanthropist Julius Rosenwald and local communities in the rural South to provide education for African Americans during segregation.

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Durham and the Rise of the Baseball Card

Baseball cards as we know them today began their life as advertising tools.

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Durham y el Ascenso de la Tarjeta de Béisbol Guia de la Exposicion

Las tarjetas de béisbol de hoy tuvieron sus inicios como herramientas publicitarias.

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B is for Brick

This installment of the Durham A-Z exhibit highlights Durham’s significant brick industry and architecture, an important aspect of the history Durhamites see all around them.

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Durham Beginnings Companion Blog

North Carolina Central University is teaming up with the Museum of Durham History to explore how museums can extend the life of an exhibit well beyond the museum’s walls. Students from the Department of History and the School of Library and Information Sciences are expanding the scope and content of the Museum of Durham History’s exhibition Durham Beginnings | 1865-1885 in ways that are grounded in solid research and best practices, while still being publicly-accessible and engaging. This project-based course provides students with direct experience in a contemporary museum setting, exploring the ways modern institutions can use technology and collaboration to bring their exhibitions to life for the public.

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Coach Mac: Innovator and Integrator

John McLendon came to Durham in 1937, and in 1940 took over as head coach of North Carolina College, now North Carolina Central University. He introduced his unique brand of basketball, which included the full-court zone defense and four corners delay offense. Later in his career, McLendon became the first African American head coach in a major professional league, with the American Basketball League’s Cleveland Pipers.

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Soul Souvenirs: Durham’s Musical Memories from the 1960s and 1970s

This is the story of R&B, funk, and soul music in Durham, North Carolina, also known as the Bull City. But Bull City Soul isn't just about music—it's a history of black cultural life and community in the urban South.

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