Durham Cultural Sites
Hayti Heritage Center
DESCRIPTION: Pronounced “Hay – tie,” this multi-purpose complex serves as a national archive for the preservation of African American works and artifacts. It is named after the Hayti district which is a bout 1 mile southest of Black Wall Street. During the year, one can see a variety of visual arts on display in the Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery. The dance studio holds 30-40 people and the community meeting space holds up to 80 for Kwanzaa and other celebrations.
ADDRESS: 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC MAP
Dr. James E. Shepard Monument
DESCRIPTION: A bronze statue of NCCU founder Dr James E Shepard by sculptor William Zorah; James was the son of Augustus Shepard, minister of White Rock Baptist Church; though he studied Pharmacy at Shaw University, he followed his father into the ministry before founding NCCU
ADDRESS: North Carolina Central University Administration Building MAP
Institute for the Study of Minority Issues
DESCRIPTION: The institute promotes research about people of color in the New South. It hosts numerous forums for discussion and writing about the educational, political, economic and social issues impacting our station in life.
ADDRESS: North Carolina Central University – Williams Jones Building, Durham, NC MAP
North Carolina Central University Art Museum
DESCRIPTION: Features an outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century African American and African art from national, regional and local artists. The museum is located on the campus of the nation’s first public arts school for African Americans on. It is a lively venue that frequently features contemporary exhibitions and programs.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 9a-5p, Sun 2p-5p
ADDRESS: 1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC MAP
Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture
DESCRIPTION: Named in honor of the Jazz pianist, composer and teacher Mary Lou Williams, who was an artist-in-residence at Duke from 1977-81. Since opening in 1983, the mission of the center is to preserve and enhance Black culture, promote interracial understanding and sponsor events covering art, history and folklore. Open by appointment.
ADDRESS: Duke University’s West Campus, Durham, NC MAP
Stanford L. Warren Library
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1913 by Dr. Aaron Moore in the basement of old White Rock Baptist Church, it is the second oldest black library in North Carolina. In 1916, it moved downtown and was renamed Durham Colored Library. In 1940, the library moved to this current location, a building, primarily funded by its prime benefactor, Stanford L. Warren, hence the last name change. The library also features the Selena Warren Wheeler Collection (named for his daughter) of African American culture, history and literature.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 9a-9p, Fri-Sat 9a-6p
ADDRESS: 1201 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC MAP
African American Dance Ensemble
DESCRIPTION: Established in 1984, the ensemble seeks to preserve and share the finest traditions of African and African American dance and music through research, education and entertainment by celebrating traditional African culture, aesthetics and values. The ensemble began as the Chuck Davis Dance Company and is today a major performer in Durham’s annual American Dance Festival.
ADDRESS: 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC MAP
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Headquarters
DESCRIPTION: Seven young teachers (Mary Lou Allison Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Dulin Redford, Bessie M. Downey Martin and Cubena McClure) founded the organization in 1922 at Butler University, Indiana. It was founded with the idealism of greater service resulted in greater progress. It became an incorporated national collegiate sorority in 1929, when a charter was granted to Alpha chapter at Butler. There are over 72,000 members in over 400 chapters in the United States, Bermuda, Bahamas and US Virgin Islands.
DAYS & HOURS: 8:30a-5p Mon-Fri
ADDRESS: 1000 Southhill Drive, Suite 200, Cary, NC MAP