Durham City Tour

When: Thursday, Sept. 25, 11:30am to 4:30pm; Friday, Sept. 26, noon to 4:30pm

This is a unique opportunity to experience Durham and its historical heritage through the eyes of Preservation Durham, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Durham’s historic architecture and built environment. Beginning with lunch**, Preservation Durham will take you on a combined tour* of Durham’s Civil Rights Legacy and Tobacco Heritage:

Civil Rights Legacy Tour* Explore Durham’s Civil Rights Legacy with PD’s walking tour. This exciting tour focuses on many of the sites in downtown Durham that were important during the 1950s and 60s Civil Rights movement, including the Durham County Courthouse, the Arts Center (originally Durham High School and later City Hall), and the Kress and Woolworth buildings, sites of sit-in protests. Learn about the contributions of ordinary Durham residents to the struggle for equality as well as local leaders like Floyd McKissick and national figures like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who brought America’s attention to the campaign for civil rights in the Bull City.

Durham’s Tobacco Heritage Tour* Preservation Durham’s enthusiastic and well-informed volunteer tour guides will lead you through the history of the tobacco industry as they tell many tales from Durham’s past, using oral histories and photographs to illustrate the history of tobacco and the people who supplied tobacco products known throughout the world. The tour includes descriptions of life in the factories and at home for the thousands of workers who made the Bull City one of the biggest industrial cities in the South as well as those who, like guitarist John Dee Holeman, trekked to Durham’s tobacco auctions to play the blues.

* Please note, this is a walking tour.

** The Thursday tour will begin with lunch hosted by the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham from noon to 1pm (bus departs at 11:30am). The $10 lunch donation is included in the Thursday tour cost (total of $20). The Coalition is a gathering of community and religious leaders seeking peace and justice in Durham.

** The Friday tour will begin with lunch at a local restaurant in downtown Durham, The Pit, from 12:30-1:30pm (bus departs at noon). The tour will conclude by 3:30pm. Lunch costs are not included in the Friday tour fee (total of $15). Participants are responsible for purchasing their own lunch.

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