Explore Durham’s Civil Rights History – US Civil Rights Trail
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    Durham, North Carolina, is historically significant not only for its role in the sit-in movement and inspiring nonviolent protests throughout the Jim Crow South, but also for its rich African-American heritage and community. The thriving businesses along Parrish Street were once coined “Black Wall Street” by Booker T. Washington. From this district emerged the Durham blues, the first African-American female Episcopal priest and the founders of the first Black-owned insurance company in the U.S.


    When you’re ready to experience the history of the United States Civil Rights Trail firsthand, download a state itinerary. These guides have information about the sites you can visit in each state as well as directions and other useful tools to help you successfully plan your trip.


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