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Durham County Library Hosts the History and the Art of Drag

Program: The History and the Art of Drag
Date: Monday, Oct. 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Dr. Gabriel Rosenberg for a talk on the history of drag at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 5, at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St. A performance will follow featuring local drag entertainers Vivica C. Coxx, Jazmine Brooks, Spray J and Vivian Vaughn.

Rosenberg is Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at Duke University. Rosenberg’s research investigates the historical and contemporary linkages among gender, sexuality, and the global food system. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2011, and was winner of the Gilbert C. Fite Best Dissertation Prize from the Agricultural History Society.

Coxx is the recent manifestation of a queen who was born in Durham, but performed and succeeded in amateur competitions in Baltimore, MD. After 10 years of performance and practice, she began the “Vivica C. Coxx Presents” series at the Pinhook in Durham. Brooks, winner of many crowns, currently has her own show called Jazzy Drag and is the co-founder of Brooks Entertainment. Spray J. is one of Durham’s finest drag kings. A Durham native, he also has the Drag Doo Wop cover band Spray and the Jays. Vaughn has enjoyed a career in female impersonation for more than 15 years. She has held the title of Miss Gay NC America. Although born in New York, she considers herself a Southern Drag Queen and is quite involved in the local community.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Jenny Levine 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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