April 2019 – Durham’s 150th Anniversary

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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

4 Letter

8 Go. See. Do.
Our top events for April

20 Noted
What we’ve heard around town …

26 Wellness
Durham bike routes are paving the way for safer and more affordable transportation

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

118 Taste
Discover our city’s best restaurants

127 Engagement & Wedding
Tying the knot, Bull City-style

DURHAM INC.

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24 Healthy Durham: The City of Medicine

36 Bull City Grown
Celebrating the businesses that make Durham, well, Durham

80 Adopt A Pet
Meet three pups waiting on their forever homes at the Animal Protection Society of Durham

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Amanda MacLaren

Amanda MacLaren

Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Arizona, she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for eight years. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Guasaca.

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