Celebrating Durham and 150 Years of Innovation

Durham’s sesquicentennial, a yearlong celebration of the City of Durham’s 150th anniversary of incorporation in 2019, encourages Durhamites and visitors to explore themes of history and education, innovation and entrepreneurship, social equity and robust democracy, as well as arts and leisure.

The year of celebration is supported by the City of Durham, Discover Durham, the Museum of Durham History, as well as the generous contributions of Durham residents, businesses, and organizations.

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Highlighted Events

2.17
An Evening with André Leon Talley: Movie Screening and Q&A
Directed by Kate Novack, "The Gospel According to André" takes...
2.22
“Portraits of Durham” Call For Submissions
Who or what represents Durham to you? The Durham Arts...
2.23
Panel Series: Tobacco and the African American Experience
An in-depth round table discussion highlighting the African American experience...
3.09
Panel Series: Tobacco and the African American Experience
An in-depth round table discussion highlighting the African American experience...
3 - 5.15 - 02
“Portraits of Durham” Exhibit at the Durham Arts Council
Who or what represents Durham to you? The Durham Arts...
3.23
Panel Series: Tobacco and the African American Experience
An in-depth round table discussion highlighting the African American experience...
3.28
Durham 150 Public Info Session
Want to participate in the Durham 150 celebration? Join us...
3.30
Old West Durham Neighborhood Hike
Why do neighborhoods change so quickly in Durham? Wasn't Duke...
4 - 6.01 - 30
TURNING THE PAGE: DURHAM’S READING HISTORY
In celebration of the City of Durham’s 150th anniversary of...
4.13
Durham 150 Opening Celebration!
Join us for our kickoff celebration to celebrate Durham's 150...
6.26 - 30
Taste 2019
After 6 years in Durham, we are giving taste 2019...
9.27 - 30
Art of Cool Festival 2019
The Art of Cool Festival is a remix of a...
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Of Durham

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More than 100 years ago, Durham’s Parrish Street evolved into one of the nation’s strongest African American entrepreneurial enclaves.

Durham 150

Durham, NC is unapologetically a city rich in history and a city on the move.

Durham is the ‘hippest city’ in North Carolina, the ‘Tastiest Town in the South,’ and leads the country in developing a creative community. It’s a beacon of the South built on innovation and regeneration, and it’s poised to take the bull by its horns and thrive for the next 150 years… and beyond.

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From Tobacco to Tech

Since its inception, Durham has served as a hub for innovation. From tobacco, to education, healthcare and technology, the people of Durham are used to finding creative solutions.