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Black History Month at Durham County Library

In honor of Black History Month, we’ve gathered these resources from the library’s collection for you to explore.

History resources

Explore our historical archives to learn more about Black history in Durham and the Black history of Durham County Library:

Civil Rights Heritage Project
A collection of photographs and stories about the Civil Rights Movement in Durham.

Bull City Soul
The story of R&B, funk, and soul music in Durham. But Bull City Soul isn’t just about music – it’s a history of Black cultural life and community in the urban South.

History of the Stanford L. Warren Library
The story of the Stanford L. Warren Library, from its beginnings at White Rock Baptist Church to its evolution into a vibrant center of cultural activity to its present incarnation as part of the Durham County Library system. Check out the Photos and Doc section for some great historical images.

Durham County’s Rosenwald Schools and the Women Who Ran Them
An overview of Durham County’s Jeanes teachers and the Rosenwald schools they supervised and helped to found.

The Little River School
The history of an African American school founded in the 1930s in northern Durham County.

Bonus resource:
Mechanics and Farmers Bank
North Carolina’s oldest Black-owned bank. Several of its founders were also involved in the founding of the Durham Colored Library. Info via our friends at NCpedia.

Book lists

Check out these staff-curated book lists for titles featuring Black history and/or by Black authors:

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