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And Justice for All
This exhibit catalogs all the images in the mosaic of the 1916 courthouse installed in the lobby of the current Durham County courthouse.
Bull City SoulBull 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.
Celebrating D.W. Newsom
North Carolina was a pioneer in the county-manager form of government. In 1929 Robeson became the first county in the United States to adopt it, and in 1930 Durham became the second county in the country to do so. 2010 marks the 80th anniversary of Durham’s adoption of this system of government and the eightieth anniversary of the hiring of Dallas W. Newsom as the first Durham County manager.
Celebrating the Arts in DurhamCelebrating the Arts in Durham
This exhibit is the inaugural project of the Museum of Durham History, Inc. The panels you see in this online exhibit have real-life fabric equivalents—2 ½ x 6’ fabric banners housed in decorative, hand-wrought metal frames.
Changes in the Landscape of Downtown DurhamChanges in the Landscape of Downtown Durham, 1950-2000
The images featured in Changes in the Landscape of Downtown Durham, 1950-2000, were shot by Durham, North Carolina, businessman and pharmacist Ralph Rogers. The site features more than 300 slides, grouped geographically, that show many of the buildings that came down over the fifty-year period, what replaced them, and how the streetscape changed. Many of the frames include audio by Mr. Rogers, describing in more detail what you are seeing on the screen. Click on the “Listen” link to hear these descriptions. Ralph Rogers is a native Durhamite who, along with his father, operated Rogers Drug Company at the corner of Parrish and Mangum streets for 50 years. These images are subject to copyright law. If you are interested in obtaining a scan or permission to use any of them, please contact the North Carolina Collection.
Civil Rights Heritage ProjectCivil Rights Heritage Project 
The Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project focuses on collecting photographs and stories about the Civil Rights Movement in Durham. Oral histories of Durham’s civil rights era have also been gathered by the project.
Student in a Rosenwald schoolDurham County’s Rosenwald Schools and the Women Who Ran Them 
This exhibit presents an overview of Durham County’s Jeanes teachers and the Rosenwald schools they supervised and helped to found.
Durham Historic Photographic Archives
The Durham Historic Photographic Archives consists of around 2000 images depicting the history of Durham since 1860. Many of these photographs were collected by PhotoCarolina, a nonprofit organization formed in the mid-1980s for the express purpose of preserving Durham’s history in photographs.
The End of Tobacco RoadThe End of Tobacco Road
This exhibit chronicles the end of tobacco production in Durham through photographs of Liggett & Myers’s final days of making cigarettes in Durham in 1999.
Historic Postcards of Durham
The Historic Postcards of Durham Collection, compiled by John Schelp of Old West Durham, consists of more than 150 items featuring images of historic landmarks and buildings in Durham.
History of Public Library Service in DurhamHistory of Public Library Service in Durham 
A history of the first 100 years of Durham’s public library service from 1897 to 1997.
Stanford L. Warren LibraryHistory 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.
A History LGBTQ+ DurhamLove & Liberation: History of LGBTQ+ Durham
This exhibit begins in the 1950s and continues to the present, relating how the local LGBTQ+ community developed and became a vital part of the Durham community.
R. Kelly Bryant Papers and Obituary Collection
The R. Kelly Bryant Papers and Obituary Collection includes approximately 2,500 funeral programs and obituaries – a treasure trove of biographical information. This web exhibit showcases some of the items in the collection and provides additional information about R. Kelly Bryant, whose contributions to Durham and his efforts to preserve its history are a Durham legend. The exhibit includes photographs, correspondence, examples of items from the funeral programs collection, newspaper articles, and more.
Historical photo of Durham's Five Points areaA Short History of Durham (PDF) 
A short history of Durham presented in slide format covering the 1600s through the 1990s.