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History Exhibit: ” Faces of Durham”

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January 26

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An event every day that begins at 2:00 am, repeating until May 31, 2021

The exhibit features a selection of familiar and lesser known faces from the Bull City’s past and present, highlighting a broad range of contributions including industry and commerce, medicine, and human relations while mapping Durham’s development from a railway stop to a booming tobacco town, and to today’s revitalized hub of arts and innovation.

Colorful, framed banners line the sidewalk, featuring a photo and caption for each of the nineteen individuals represented, guiding visitors to the Museum’s doorstep. The banners depict the stories of people who have helped shape Durham’s legacy and reaffirm, in a very public way, that Durham values its residents’ diversity of talent.

The collection of faces, which will be rotated on a semi-annual basis, include such notables as choreographer “Baba” Chuck Davis, school integration activists Ann Atwater and C. P. Ellis, Carolina Theatre champions Montrose and Connie Moses and Blues musician Blind Boy Fuller.

While the Museum’s indoor facility remains temporarily closed due to the recent spike in covid-related cases, the community is encouraged to explore the weatherproof installation, which adds historic and civic significance to Durham’s cultural landscape. The Museum is asking the public to submit their own photos and stories to become a living part of the exhibit on Instagram using #facesofdurham.