Students Highlight Durham History in 'Pop-up' Museum

Duke student Elizabeth Hazelton speaks with neighborhood activist John Schelp about her research on the historic segregation of baseball in Durham. Photo by Cindy Gardiner

Students from Durham's two universities "popped up" together Thursday evening to highlight the history of the city they share.

Students Duke and North Carolina Central University presented mini-exhibits on Durham history at the new Museum of Durham History.

Their presentations ranged from the segregation of movie theaters in Durham and other Southern cities to portrayals of local civil rights leaders. The Duke students, who developed the exhibits with Joshua Clark Davis of the Thompson Writing Program, discussed their findings with visiting community members.

The two-hour event highlighted the new museum taking shape at the old bus transfer station off the downtown loop. The Museum of Durham History "is a work in progress," says Cindy Gardiner, its marketing and communications coordinator. "Although we are hard at work raising money to design and install engaging exhibits on Durham's past, we are hosting 'pop-up museums' in the meantime to bring people and life into the space and to start telling some of Durham's stories."

Below, Duke student Zubair Akram, center, describes his research on Durham civil rights leader Howard Fuller. Duke student Steven Boyd, right, studied "the porch as a social institution." Photo by Cindy Gardiner

Museum of Durham History