Walking Tour – Civil Rights History
3rd Saturday of the month – April-November
Durham Farmers’ Market
This exciting tour focuses on many of the sites in downtown Durham that were important during the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.
Sites visited include the Durham County Courthouse, the Arts Center (originally Durham High School and later City Hall), and the Kress and Woolworth buildings, sites of sit-in protests. Learn about the contributions of ordinary Durham residents to the struggle for equality as well as local leaders like Floyd McKissick and national figures like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who brought America’s attention to the campaign for civil rights in the Bull City.
“We need not be historians to understand the struggle for equality in Durham and how it played out as the nation confronted the same problems, although on a much larger scale.” – Dr. John Hope Franklin, Honorary Chairman of the tour organizing committee