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Votes for Suffrage: 100 Years of Women in Durham Politics

2020 marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women in the United States the right to vote. This exhibit explores the legacy of the amendment and how women’s political participation has helped shape Durham. Though the suffrage movement sought equality for women and the 19th Amendment was meant to enforce it, race and class continued to be barriers to enfranchisement for many of Durham’s female citizens throughout the last century. The exhibit will examine those challenges and highlight the stories of the women who fought to positively change Durham. From key ‘firsts’ in office like Durham’s first female judge, to influencing social and environmental policy, and to confronting generations of racial inequalities while supporting a revitalized community.

Votes for Suffrage: 100 Years of Women in Durham Politics

 

A Creative Protest: MLK Comes to Durham

Dates: January 17, 2020- April 5, 2020

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.

Due to the Museum’s temporary closure through the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibit is available to view online below.

 

A Creative Protest: MLK Comes to Durham

 

Durham Beginnings | 1865-1885 

Dates: Ongoing

An exhibit featuring five dramatic but little-known personal stories evoking the spirit of Durham’s formative years. Learn the “coming to Durham” stories of Eliza Bennet Duke, Richard Fitzgerald, Abner Jordan, John Green, and Margaret Faucette.

Five generations of Faucette women, circa 1920 (North Carolina, Durham County Library)

 

Kids Area featuring Durham A-Z

Dates: Ongoing

“Durham A-Z” is returning to MoDH as a kid-focused series! Our latest installment “L is for Lemur” explores the history and mission of the Duke Lemur Center. The series will be featured in the Museum’s redesigned Kids Area. New Durham themed toys and costumes are avilable as well as a green screen photo booth with historic images of Durham. Kids of all ages and the young at heart are welcome!

Due to the Museum’s temporary closure through the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibit is available to view online below.

 

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Explore Durham Through Time 

Dates: Ongoing

Visitors can use a touchscreen to explore key moments in Durham’s past. A post-it note wall allows viewers to tell us what moments from Durham’s past are most important to them. They may see their feedback incorporated later with a photo and caption.

Touchscreen timeline

 

Look Beyond the Windows

Dates: Ongoing

Take in the museum’s almost-360-degree view of downtown and consider the changes over time. To begin, we’ll focus on the Hill Building, Arts Council (formerly City Hall and Central High School), Liggett and Myers buildings, and NC Mutual tower.

Look beyond the windows exhibit. Tobacco Warehouses, NC Mutual, Hill Building, Durham Arts Council

 

 Story Room 

Dates: Ongoing

Visitors can step into the Story Room to record a personal memory about Durham’s past in. They can also explore memories others have shared or browse through old, local yearbooks. Stories recorded in the Story Room will be archived on the Museum’s SoundCloud or YouTube channel.

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