Historic Durham Mural Bicycle Tour
Preservation Durham has partnered with The Nasher Museum of Duke University and the Museum of Durham History to create a bicycle tour of the historic murals of downtown Durham. Some murals that will be featured, amongst others, include:
Manbites Dog Mural
Angel of Spring Mural
The Wall of Hope Mural
The Cookery Mural
Two Way Bridges Mural
The Hayti Mural
Durham Civil Rights Mural
Trinity Design Mural
The Pauli Murray Murals
Also, the tours include a mural by Odili Donald Odita, commissioned by the Nasher Museum, at the Downtown Durham YMCA.
The tours are designed for anyone who has a bike and is comfortable riding on a city street.
Tours meet and depart from the Durham Farmer’s Market at the Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street.
In October of 2012, I had the opportunity to visit the 17th floor of the Hill Building (later CCB Tower, now 21C). It was a veritable treasure trove. This space, accessed only by stairs from the 16th floor, housed one of Durham’s most prolific architecture firms, that started by Durham native, George Watts Carr, Sr., for 75 years.
I didn’t know much about Carr’s work prior to this visit, but I soon learned what an incredible mark he left upon the City. After starting his