Preservation Durham established the Historic Plaque Program in 2001 to encourage the preservation of Durham’s historic resources and to educate the public about the community’s heritage.

Residential plaques measure 10″ x 14″ and list the historic name of the home and its date of construction for a cost of $395; commercial and institutional plaques, which include more information about the history of the site in a slightly larger format, cost $495. All plaques are cast in solid bronze and feature the original Historic Preservation Society of Durham logo. Plaques remain the property of Preservation Durham, and will be removed if the historical integrity of the structure is damaged.

A structure must be at least 70 years old and its history must be thoroughly documented before it will be considered for a plaque or marker. We will help building owners who are researching their properties as much as we can, but we require that the majority of the application be completed before asking for assistance from the Historic Plaque Review Committee; many people who purchase Historic Plaques elect to hire a private consultant to assist with the application, and we are happy to provide recommendations for this service.

Lincoln Hospital, ca. 1940 (North Carolina Collection)

Preservation Durham also helped to place a Historic Marker at the site of the Lincoln Hospital on Fayetteville Street; the Marker was unveiled on August 18, 2001. Founded in 1901, Lincoln Hospital provided health care to Durham’s African-American community and trained 900 nurses before it was closed in 1976.