Take a Walk through Durham's Civil Rights History

Visitors to North Carolina find an immense treasure in Durham. Things to do here range from various outdoor activities to art attractions to many historic sites. Some of the most influential and emotional of these historic sites are those with ties to the Civil Rights Movement.

Woolworths Store 
124 W Main Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

Woolworths was the location of the 1960 sit-in. The infamous sit-in took place at the lunch counter, and Martin Luther King, Jr. was present. This was one of the first presentations of non-violent but direct responses to segregation laws. The happening inspired portions of King's "Fill up the jails" speech that was made several days after the sit-in at Woolworths. The occurrence also helped King embrace the sit-in as a viable method of ammunition in the fight for civil rights. This area of Durham is merely the site of where the Woolworths store formerly resided. A section of the actual counter used in the sit-in is on display at the William Jones Building at North Carolina Central University. Chairs and a pie rack from the original setting are additionally preserved in the display. Before you finish your stay at your beautiful Durham Inn, you should make these civil rights landmarks part of your visit to the North Carolina city.

Parrish Street
2 W Parrish Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

Parrish Street should reside on the top of your "Durham: Things to do" list. A simple stroll down the street can empower and delight. Parrish Street was making strides in equality several decades before the civil rights movement. In the beginning of the 20th Century, Parrish Street was predominately comprised of shops for the wealthy white residents of Durham, but soon became an area for black businessmen to prosper. The street started to be known as "Black Wall Street." Durham was known as the city for the middle-class black population, where they were gaining a small bit of respect as business owners. As the Civil Rights movement gained more speed, Parrish Street was the host of multiple sit-ins and visits from Martin Luther King, Jr. History of this inspiring street can be seen in bronze statues that commemorate the past.

Carolina Theater
309 W Morgan Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701
(919) 506-3030

Movie theaters were one of the first places affected by segregation laws, and the Carolina Theater was no exception. In the early 1960s, black students from Durham and white students from Duke and the University of North Carolina picketed outside of the Carolina Theater. After a refusal from the management to negotiate desegregation, black customers would stand in line, ask for a ticket and return to the end of the line once they were refused entrance. After the strong effects that all the demonstrations had on the public, the Carolina Theater opened to all members of the city of Durham. This strong history can be seen in the form of the actual Carolina Theater that is still present in Durham. Things to do there range from seeing a film or watching a music performance. Visitors can enjoy all that the Carolina Theater has to offer, while also allowing the history of the building to provoke emotion and inspiration. After visiting this Civil Rights landmark, you will still be feeling the effects once you return to your Durham Bed and Breakfast.