I’ve only lived in Durham for eight of its past 150 years, but almost immediately, I fell hard.
I revel in hearing stories of people who’ve lived here for decades, or their entire lives. The folks who remember the strong, sweet smell of tobacco wafting through downtown or watching Durham Bulls games in the Historic Durham Athletic Park. I used to go down wormholes on Open Durham (back when it was Endangered Durham), spending hours digesting the vast history of our city.
Back when Durham was just getting going, I’m sure it looked a lot like many small towns in the Carolinas: family farms, general stores, a couple of main crossroads. What really set it in motion were the people. A doctor who donated
some of his land to a railroad, establishing “Durhamville,” which became known as Durham Station, and then Durham. An enterprising tobacco farmer and his equally industrious – and philanthropic – sons. A former slave and pastor who established a church at Fayetteville and Pettigrew, setting the foundation for the tight-knit African-American community that sprang up around it and became Hayti.
Today, Durham is a city like no other. And it’s because of the people who came before us. It’s because of the people who are featured in the pages of this issue. It’s because of you, fellow Durhamite. That’s why I’m #BullCityProud. – Executive Managing Editor Amanda MacLaren
DURHAM’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
48 150+ WAYS TO CELEBRATE DURHAM’S SESQUICENTENNIAL
Keep the party going all year long with our list of suggestions of cultural events, milestone anniversaries, interesting reads, topical trivia and much more
60 MOMENTS IN TIME
A brief history of Durham
64 BEHIND THE SCENES
Durham 150 Convening Committee members answer the question: What are your hopes for the next 150 years in Durham?
66 HERE’S YOUR INVITE
… to just a few of the many Durham 150 events lined up to celebrate the city’s anniversary throughout the year
72 FORWARD THINKING
A roundtable discussion with three influential leaders in our community
DEPARTMENTS & COLUMNS
8 Go. See. Do.
Our top events for April
28 In the Long Run
Durham County Memorial Stadium provides a home turf for many sports organizations
30 An Unlikely Friendship
The fortitude of civil rights activist Ann Atwater
32 A Culinary Tribute: The Life and Legacy of Karen Barker
Her family and former staff members pay homage to the late pastry chef
82 What We Love About Living in Tuscaloosa-Lakewood
History repeats itself as this vibrant neighborhood sees new businesses, cultural attractions and neighbors moving in