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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6.26 - 30
Taste 2019
After 6 years in Durham, we are giving taste 2019...
6.28 - 30
Don’t Get Any Ideas Little Lady
Durham 150 Grantee A+A Dance Company will close the Durham Independent...
7 - 9.11 - 09
Jimmie Banks Retrospective Opening Reception and Gallery
On Thursday, July 11, Drop into the Ruby’s gallery to...
7.13
Dimensions of Black: The Founding Fathers of Hayti
The Founding Fathers of Hayti is a multi-media production that...
7.19
Henna: The Unknown History
Durham 150 Grantee "HENNA: THE UNKNOWN HISTORY," is AN INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT/LECTURE...
7.20
Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts
“Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts” have been staples of North Carolina...
7.23
Full Frame School of Doc
Durham 150 Grantee School of Doc is a completely free program...
7.26
Super/Natural: Stories of Science & The Unknown: Audio Under The Stars
Durham 150 Grantee From medicine to mysticism, we share stories that...
7.28
Bull City Roller Derby – First Home Bout
Durham 150 Grantee The bout will take place on July 28,...
7.31
Durham Dance History: A Historical Account of Dance
Durham 150 Grantee Empower Dance will host an evening of recognition....
8.03
Duke Homestead Vintage Base Ball Game
The Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation will host its...
8.10
Doc-U-Memories
This is an interactive "place-making" experience. Inspired by the case...
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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.

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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.