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Durham County North Carolina Historical Markers

 
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By John Walker Guss, June 25, 2007
Bennett Place Marker
North 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 m1495) HM
North 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
North 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
North 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
North 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
North 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
North 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
North 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
North 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
North 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
North 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
North 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
North 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 m58322) HM
North 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
North 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 m58392) HM
North 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
North 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
North 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 in1924. Refurbished and rededicated by the Rotary Club of Durham on . . . — Map (db m63215) HM
North 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 facilities — Map (db m69961) HM
North 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 Hill — Map (db m71344) HM
North 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
North 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
North 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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