NC and Durham History

Silhouette of the Durham skyline

The North Carolina Collection is a primary resource for historical records of the city and county of Durham, providing a wealth of materials to assist with researching North Carolina-related topics as well as several online exhibits. Funds from Durham Library Foundation help grow and support the collection.

Five Points looking east, circa 1916, with the original Durham County Library building in the center.
Five Points In Downtown Durham, circa 1916. The original Durham County Library building is in the center. Via the North Carolina Collection

Previous events

Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore - Library Fest Adult program NC History

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Virtual Events

Join us to hear from author Blake Hill-Saya about her recent book Aaron McDuffie Moore: An African American Physician, Educator, and Founder of Durham's Black Wall Street (UNC Press, 2020). Ms. Hill-Saya will be joined in discussion with local historian Eddie Davis and Ms. Eileen Watts Welch, President of the Durham Colored Library, Inc. The conversation will focus on Dr. Moore’s considerable impact on education.Book cover

Ages: Adult

History in the Making

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Virtual Events

When you saw art popping up in Downtown Durham, did you know you were walking the path of history? What makes a moment historical? Join us for an examination of the Racial Justice movement through images created and preserved here in Durham. Panelists will include Angela Lee, Saif Wideman, and Marcella Camara, in conversation with moderator Jerry Gershenhorn, NCCU professor of History.NCC2NCC1

Ages: Teen, Adult

Who was Addy Walker? - (children's program)

Thursday, April 08, 2021 • 10:00am - 10:30am

Virtual Events

Join Ms. Olivia for a pre-recorded book talk on Meet Addy, a short historical fiction novel by Connie Porter and featured in the original American Girl Doll series. Immediately after, take a virtual tour of Historic Stagville, where Addy and her family lived and toiled with almost 900 other enslaved African addy

Ages: Elementary School