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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Durham County, North Carolina

 
Clickable Map of Durham County, North Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Durham County, NC (55) Chatham County, NC (19) Granville County, NC (32) Orange County, NC (49) Person County, NC (26) Wake County, NC (121)  DurhamCounty(55) Durham County (55)  ChathamCounty(19) Chatham County (19)  GranvilleCounty(32) Granville County (32)  OrangeCounty(49) Orange County (49)  PersonCounty(26) Person County (26)  WakeCounty(121) Wake County (121)
Durham is the county seat for Durham County
Adjacent to Durham County, North Carolina
      Chatham County (19)  
      Granville County (32)  
      Orange County (49)  
      Person County (26)  
      Wake County (121)  
 
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1North Carolina (Durham County), Bahama — G-65 — Mount Bethel Methodist Church
Non-denominational meeting house built ca. 1784 by Archer Harris. By 1808 Methodist. Home church to Washington Duke.Map (db m210920) HM
2North Carolina (Durham County), Bahama — G-50 — Stephen B. Weeks
Historian, bibliographer, collector of North Carolina books and manuscripts, professor at Trinity College, 1891-93. Grave 6 mi. N.E.Map (db m210918) HM
3North Carolina (Durham County), Bahama — G-68 — William B. Umstead
Governor, 1953-54, U.S. Senator, congressman; Democratic leader; and lawyer. Birthplace is 6˝ mi., grave 5˝ mi., N.E.Map (db m210925) HM
4North Carolina (Durham County), Chapel Hill — Barbee CemeteryC. 1700's - 1800s
Contains about 120 graves on hilltop known as "Barbee Mountain", site of Barbee family plantation; engraved headstones for William Barbee, son of "Old Kit", and wife, Gaskey. William was a member of the House of Commons in 1819, and a merchant. . . . Map (db m171942) HM
5North Carolina (Durham County), Chapel Hill — Christopher "Old Kit" BarbeeC. 1738 - 1832
Farmer, blacksmith and donor of 221 acres, first and largest land tract, to UNC in 1792. Stones mark probably site of 18th century Barbee residence, which was recycled as heartpine paneling for library of Dubose House. One of Kit's . . . Map (db m171941) HM
6North Carolina (Durham County), Chapel Hill — The "South Garden"
The "South Garden" was created in 1933 by Mr. & Mrs. David St. Pierre Dubose. They are buried in the family cemetery below the garden.Map (db m171944) HM
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7North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — A Black Capital for the World to See1910 - 1945
The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, Mechanics and Farmers Bank, the Mutual Building and Loan Association and North Carolina College were model financial and educational institutions devoted to entrepreneurship and self-help in Durham.Map (db m210737) HM
8North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — A Legacy of Community and Institutional Connections
Since 1898, White Rock Baptist Church, St. Joseph A.M.E. Church, Stanford L. Warren Library, Lincoln Hospital, John Avery Boys and Girls Club, North Carolina College, and Durham Public Schools are all connected historically to black businesses on . . . Map (db m210739) HM
9North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G-138 — Algonquin Tennis Club
Est. in 1922 by African Americans. Hosted many American Tennis Assoc. tournaments. Durham Committee on Negro Affairs org. here, 1935.Map (db m210852) HM
10North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — American Tobacco Trail
Durham was established in the 1850's when the North Carolina Railroad extended its tracks westward across the state. The new town became the destination for farmers in the area to bring their tobacco crops for sale and transport to the factories. . . . Map (db m126202) HM
11North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Bennett PlaceThe End of War — Carolinas Campaign —
(Preface, upper left) : The Carolinas Campaign began on February 1, 1865, when Union Gen. William T. Sherman led his army north from Savannah, Georgia, after the “March to the Sea.” Sherman’s objective was to join Gen. . . . Map (db m3635) HM
12North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G-80 — Bennett Place
Farm home of James Bennett, where Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston surrendered his army to Gen. William T. Sherman, April 26, 1865. Johnston’s surrender followed Lee’s at Appomattox by 17 days and ended the Civil War in the Carolinas, Georgia, . . . Map (db m160175) HM
13North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Beulah C. Bowens Fuller
In Loving Memory of Beulah C. Bowens Fuller 1918-1997 Wilson, North Carolina Class of 1940 North Carolina College for Negroes at Durham A graduate of Darden High School in Wilson, North Carolina and the first in her family to . . . Map (db m126198) HM
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14North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G-116 — Black Wall Street
In the early decades of the 1900's Durham acquired national reputation for entrepreneurship. Businesses owned by African Americans lined Parrish Street. Among them were N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Co. (moved to Parrish, 1906), led by John Merrick. . . . Map (db m69962) HM
15North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Brassfield StationA Path Both Traveled — Carolinas Campaign —
(Preface): The Carolinas Campaign began on February 1, 1865, when Union Gen. William T. Sherman led his army north from Savannah, Georgia, after the “March to the Sea.” Sherman's objective was to join Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in . . . Map (db m14710) HM
16North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G 85 — Bull City Blues
During the 1920s - 1940s, Durham was home to African American musicians whose work defined a distinctive regional style. Blues artists often played in the surrounding Hayti community and downtown tobacco warehouse district. Prominent among these . . . Map (db m39611) HM
17North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Centennial ChapelNorth Carolina Central University Historical Marker
Holy Cross Church, established in Durham in 1939 by the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, was among North Carolina's earliest African-American Catholic congregations. A rectory was built in 1942 with one room serving as the chapel, and this . . . Map (db m126194) HM
18North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — 9 — Clyde R. Hoey Building1929 — Historic Preservation Society of Durham —
Administration and classroom centerpiece for New Georgian Style campus of North Carolina College for Negroes. Designed by the local architectural firm, Atwood & Nash. North Carolina Central University Historic DistrictMap (db m126200) HM
19North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Dedicated to Those who Served in the World War1917-1919
Roll of the Honored Dead Andrews, Junie Blame, Carl Brafford, Albert Clark, Willard Cole, Norman Cullon, James Denny, Hoyt Ewing, Arthur Faucette, John M. Ferrell, G.G. Fuller, Roy H. Haithcock, Sidney Hamelt, George D. . . . Map (db m126187) WM
20North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Dr. Bartlett Durham
Patriot and Founder of the City of DurhamMap (db m126183) HM
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21North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Duke HomesteadProsperity from War
When North Carolina became the last state to secede from the Union in May 1861, Washington Duke’s small farm and homestead here consisted of more than 300 acres. He grew typical crops such as corn, wheat, oats, and sweet potatoes, and had raised . . . Map (db m37834) HM
22North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G-63 — Duke Homestead
Birthplace of J. B. and B. N. Duke, tobacco and hydroelectric magnates, philanthropists (Duke University, the Duke Endowment), is 1 mi. S.W.Map (db m30683) HM
23North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G-97 — Duke University
Formerly Trinity College. Name was changed in 1924 to honor Washington Duke whose son James B. Duke endowed the institution.Map (db m109252) HM
24North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Durham's StationPrelude To Peace — Carolinas Campaign —
(Preface):The Carolinas Campaign began on February 1, 1865, when Union Gen. William T. Sherman led his army north from Savannah, Georgia, after the “March to the Sea.” Sherman's objective was to join Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in . . . Map (db m14674) HM
25North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Emanuel J. Evans, 1907-1997, and Sara N. Evans, 1905-1986
"Mutt" and Sara Evans were civic, business and faith leaders during Durham's fast-changing, mid-20th century decades. Elected Mayor for a record six terms, Mutt Evans served from 1951 to 1963, holding together a diverse coalition of interests . . . Map (db m126207) HM
26North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Empowering and Diverse Opportunities
Through strategic leadership and funding since 1935, Black entrepreneurs on Parrish Street are active participants in the founding of the Durham Business and Professional Chain, the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, Black newspapers . . . Map (db m210743) HM
27North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Financial and Professional Impact in Durham
John Merrick's 1898 admonition, "Let us think more of our employment" guided the development of Parrish Street as the center city address of many ambitious bankers, doctors, lawyers and accountants whose investments in a growing African American . . . Map (db m210742) HM
28North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — 49 — Five Points Loan Companyca. 1920 — Downtown Durham Historic District —
This simplified Art Deco building was first used as a clothing store. From 1928 until 1978 it housed the Five Points Loan Company and Pawnshop.Map (db m128093) HM
29North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Former Site of Hillside High SchoolNorth Carolina Central University Historical Marker
Hillside High opened as a school for black students in 1921 at Pine and Umstead streets on land donated by John Sprint Hill. It moved in 1950 to a larger building, the former Whitted Junior High School, at this location. In 1996, Hillside High . . . Map (db m126192) HM
30North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — In Memory of "The Boys Who Wore the Gray"
[Front] The Confederate States of America 22 February 1862 Deo Vindice In Memory of "The Boys who Wore the Gray" 1861 - 1865 [Left side] Dedicated May 10th 1924 [Right side] This memorial . . . Map (db m210744) WM
31North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G 57 — James E. Shepard
Negro educational and religious leader. Founder of a college (1910), now N.C. Central University, its president to 1947. Grave 1½ miles S.E.Map (db m69967) HM
32North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — James Edward Shepard1875-1947
[Front] Founder & President North Carolina College at Durham 1910-1947 [Plaque at base of statue] Refurbished by: The Senior Class of 1998 North Carolina Central University "In Truth and Service . . . Map (db m126189) HM
33North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G 109 — John Merrick1859 - 1919
Black business leader. In 1898 he founded what is now N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Company. His grave is 85 yds. N.W.Map (db m39609) HM
34North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G-102 — John Sprunt Hill1869-1961
Banker and attorney. Leader in credit union movement. Benefactor, UNC Library. Lived here.Map (db m69966) HM
35North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Malbourne A Angier1820 - 1900
Member of the General Assembly of the State Mayor of Durham Chairman of the Commissioners of the County Justice of the Peace for Fifty Years His life was given to the service of his neighbors to whom he was ever a symbol of . . . Map (db m210741) HM
36North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Meeting of the Generals
On April 17, 1865, Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and Gen. Joseph Eggleston Johnston met on this section of the Raleigh to Hillsboro Road at the home of James and Nancy Bennett to negotiate a peace settlement to end the war. Staff officers, . . . Map (db m125325) HM
37North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G-98 — N. C. Society of Engineers
Organized in 1918 in the Malbourne Hotel, which stood here. J.N. Ambler elected first president.Map (db m126161) HM
38North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G-112 — N.C. School of Science and Mathematics
Opened in 1980 as state-supported, residential high school. Campus was site of Watts Hospital (1909-1976), built by Geo. Washington Watts.Map (db m187669) HM
39North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — North CarolinaCivil War Trails
North Carolina’s Civil War stories are as diverse as its landscape. The Outer Banks and coastal rivers saw action early in the war, as Union forces occupied the region. Stories abound of naval battles, blockade running, Federal raids and the . . . Map (db m37830) HM
40North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — North CarolinaCivil War Trails
North Carolina’s Civil War stories are as diverse as its landscape. The Outer Banks and coastal rivers saw action early in the war, as Union forces occupied the region. Stories abound of naval battles, blockade running, Federal raids and the . . . Map (db m63217) HM
41North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — North CarolinaCivil War Trails
North Carolina’s Civil War stories are as diverse as its landscape. The Outer Banks and coastal rivers saw action early in the war, as Union forces occupied the region. Stories abound of naval battles, blockade running, Federal raids and the . . . Map (db m210746) HM
42North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G 53 — North Carolina Central University
Founded 1910 by James E. Shepard for Negroes. State liberal arts college, 1925-1969. Now a regional university.Map (db m39613) HM
43North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Roll of Honor1941-1945
In honor of those who answered their country's call in World War II the Durham Exchange Club dedicates this memorial [Names listed] "This prayer we make in penitence that all who pass by here may sense the costliness . . . Map (db m126186) WM
44North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G-130 — Rose Butler Browne1897-1986
Educator & civil rights activist. Chair, Education Dept., N.C. College for Negroes, 1948-1963. Her grave is nearby.Map (db m210353) HM
45North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Rotary Bandstand
Erected by the Rotary Club of Durham as its first community gift in November, 1916. Originally located in Rotary Park in downtown Durham; Relocated to Bennet Place Memorial Park in 1924. Refurbished and rededicated by the Rotary Club of Durham on . . . Map (db m125324) HM
46North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G 123 — Royal Ice Cream Sit-In
Segregation protest at an ice cream parlor on this site, June 23, 1957, led to court case testing dual racial facilitiesMap (db m69961) HM
47North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G-114 — Rural Credit Union
Lowes Grove credit union, first in South, formed to serve local farmers. Est. Dec. 9, 1915, on initiative of John Sprunt HillMap (db m71344) HM
48North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Shepard HouseNorth Carolina Central University Historical Marker
The house was built in 1925 for Dr. James E. Shepard, founder and first president of North Carolina Central University, and his family, with funds collected until his death in 1947. The State of North Carolina purchased the home in 1949, and it . . . Map (db m126191) HM
49North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — 12 — St. Philip's Episcopal Church1907 — Historic Preservation Society of Durham —
Church building designed in the Rural English Gothic style by the noted Boston architect Ralph Adams Cram. It stands on the site of the original frame church built in 1880. Downtown Durham Historic DistrictMap (db m126188) HM
50North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — The Original Chimney of the Bennett House
The original Bennett House, which burned on October 12, 1921, faced east on the old Hillsboro Road; the road ran in 1865 as now, south of the building. The structure consisted of one room downstairs and a small room over it; in the former Generals . . . Map (db m58326) HM
51North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — G-32 — Trading Path
Colonial trading route. dating from 17th century, from Petersburg, Virginia, to Catawba and Waxhaw Indians in Carolina passed nearby.Map (db m211211) HM
52North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Unity
One hundred feet east of this spot in the Bennett House General Joseph E. Johnston and Major General William T. Sherman met at noon, April 17, 1865, to discuss terms of a proposed surrender. They met in this house again on April 18 and wrote and . . . Map (db m58396) HM
53North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Veterans Memorial
[East side] In honor of those 39 brave heroes from Durham County who died while serving the United States of America and mankind by defending freedom for all mankind in Vietnam. Dedicated May 30, 1994 Vietnam . . . Map (db m210740) WM
54North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — Visionary Leadership in the New South1890 - 1915
Black leaders John Merrick, R.B. Fitzgerald, A.M. Moore, J.A. Dodson, J.R. Hawkins, W.G. Pearson, J.E. Shepard, C.C. Spaulding, S.L. Warren, and G.W. Stephens created successful business, educational, and cultural institutions in Durham despite . . . Map (db m210747) HM
55North Carolina (Durham County), Durham — West Point Truce LineWaiting, Looting, and Shooting — Carolinas Campaign —
(Preface) The Carolinas Campaign began on February 1, 1865, when Union Gen. William T. Sherman led his army north from Savannah, Georgia, after the “March to the Sea.” Sherman’s objective was to join Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in Virginia to . . . Map (db m45346) HM
 
 
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Nov. 29, 2022