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Preservation Durham Announces New Executive Director

DURHAM, N.C. – Preservation Durham announces the hiring of April Johnson as the organization’s Executive Director. “I am excited to return to Durham. Durham is a great place to live and is full of good energy. Historic preservation played a major role in sustaining downtown Durham’s uniqueness which attracts corporate investment and talented people,” says Ms. Johnson.

“April is a veteran preservationist with a passion for telling Durham’s story,” says Andrew Henson, President of the Board of Directors. “We are excited to have April lead the charge of our organizational mission, which is to celebrate the history of all Durhamites and to make historic preservation inclusive and accessible to everyone. The Board has great confidence that April will be a vital resource for telling the story of our community and in protecting its assets for future generations.”

Preservation Durham selected Ms. Johnson after a nationwide, competitive search. She was formerly a Historic Preservation Planner at the City of Winston-Salem. Her tenure began July 2, 2018. “I look forward to continuing the preservation momentum and contributing to Durham’s growth with the community through thoughtful organizing and planning,” says Ms. Johnson.

Ms. Johnson is a historic preservationist with a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree and Master’s Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia. Prior to working for the City of Winston-Salem, she has worked with Preservation Durham in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to identify and document lesser known African American historic sites and buildings in Durham.

Preservation Durham is a non-profit organization whose mission is to the protect Durham’s historic assets through action, advocacy and education. Founded in 1974 as the Historic Preservation Society of Durham, Preservation Durham offers advocacy for the preservation of historic structures and the role of historic preservation in the economic development of the city, technical support to owners of historic property, and fun and educational programs that promote preservation and Durham’s unique history.


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