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.

Please subscribe to our Durham 150 e-mail lists for updates about events, giving opportunities, and more.

Celebrate 150 years of history and innovation at the Durham 150 Closing Ceremony presented by Duke University and Duke Health on November 2 at DPAC. The one-time-only, culminating event of Durham 150 will dynamically showcase people and places from Durham’s history and include a debut performance of a new Durham anthem. Join us as we honor 29 Durham changemakers and dream about our future. Get in on the action: visit durham150.org/tickets.




Durham 150

Highlighted Events

Premiere of “Durham: A Self-Portrait” Film
Ten years ago, we premiered "Durham: A Self-Portrait" to community...
Race Across Durham Trail Marathon and 10-Miler
Uplifting Activist Women in Durham History: An Interactive Exhibit and Zine Project
Pauli Murray Birthday Party Uplifting Women Activists in Durham:  An Interactive Exhibit...
No event found!

View All Events


Of Durham

NC Mutual Life Insurance Company

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.

Sign Up for Updates

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.