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

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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.