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Durham County Library Hosts Panel on Liberty Warehouses

Program: Bullish on Durham: Liberty Warehouses
Date: Tuesday, July 29
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host a panel discussion on the Liberty Warehouses at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St.

The panel will include Carol Thomson, filmmaker; Walker Stone, former owner of Liberty Warehouses; and Andrew Preiss, metal sculptor. Thomson will show clips from her upcoming documentary, Liberty Warehouses: Past, Present and Future, a project of the Southern Documentary Fund that covers the lifespan of Liberty, including its start as a tobacco auction house and later use as a place that housed artists and nonprofits.

Thomson is the founder of FireStream Media, and she has taught at the Center for Documentary Studies and the Community Folklife Documentary Institute for the NC Arts Council. Stone’s grandfather was one of the partners who established the original Liberty warehouse in 1925. When Stone saw the decline in tobacco, he repurposed the warehouse for the arts and rebirth of downtown Durham. In 1991, Preiss founded ARP Art Design Studio in Liberty Warehouse after graduating from Duke University.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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