History

Hayti offers classes and rental opportunities

By Daija Graves

October 26, 2017

The Hayti Heritage Center is a Durham landmark – one of few remaining buildings from Durham’s Hayti District. As a cultural arts education center, it has been offering events and activities since 1975. What many people may not know is that they also rent their facilities to host community initiated classes, weddings, dances, and anything […]

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Volunteers strive to preserve Geer Cemetery

By Davis McKinney

October 4, 2017

Of all the places he could be on a sunny Friday afternoon in September, Chris Covington chose a cemetery. It might seem an odd choice, but if you saw the state of Geer Cemetery at 800 Colonial St. in Durham, you might understand why. After looking at the rusty, dilapidated fences, the overturned tombstones and […]

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Q&A with Rep. Mickey Michaux on Durham life and history

By Alexis Allston

April 19, 2017

Rep. Henry McKinley “Mickey” Michaux Jr., D-Durham, is the longest serving African-American representative in the N.C. General Assembly at 86 years old. Durham Voice co-editor Alexis Allston sat down with Michaux to talk about Durham, local politics and a lifetime of service. DV: What part of Durham did you grow up in? MM: I was born, bred […]

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A historic voice for the black community

By Olivia Browning

April 5, 2017

Louis E. Austin bought The Stanford Advertiser in 1927 and transformed the local newspaper into the most important voice for black North Carolinians during the civil rights era. He used The Carolina Times to publicize racial inequities and to fight for racial equality in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. Austin’s legacy is still carried […]

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Historic Speight’s Auto Service dates back to 1938

By Kevin Crawford

March 31, 2017

  Durham’s thriving black business committee was severely damaged by the construction of the Durham Freeway beginning in the 1960s. Nonetheless, some businesses, such as Speight’s Auto Service, relocated and continue to thrive. Active since 1938, Speights Auto Service started as a service station selling gas, running cabs, as well as oil services. Owned by […]

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Construction worker leaves heart at N.C Central

By Jasmine Holeman

October 1, 2014

Arthur Moore, a retired construction worker and Durham native, left his heart at the Shepard Memorial Library in the early 1970s. “Although what is now called N.C Central came into existence in 1910, no formal library existed for a number of years,” said Moore who is 76 years old. “Students were forced to purchase all […]

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Makeover planned for historic home in Northgate Park

By Myava Mitchell

April 13, 2014

A historic home in Northgate Park that once housed a children’s museum but has been empty for two years will transform into art next month. Durham artists will memorialize the home at 404 W. Lavender Ave through a Durham Parks and Recreation volunteer project. Occasional flooding has left the city-owned property in decay and poor […]

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Quilt exhibit teaches African-American history

By Christopher Moore

March 4, 2014

Hundreds of quilts are on display until April 3 at the Hayti Heritage Center. The exhibit, “Remembering Our Roots,” coincides with Black History Month and showcases the talent of more than 50 quilters from across North Carolina. “It is an art form that I am able to give to the people that enjoy looking at […]

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