CONTEXT & CONNECTIONS: an Immersive Experience for Duke Faculty, Staff, & Students in Durham A Duke Service-Learning event supported by Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke Office of Civic Engagement, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity

Hello! We are so excited you will be joining us for Context & Connections on Friday, October 11th! While you won’t be able to get to know Durham deeply in a day, we at Duke Service-Learning hope this experience can be your first step in a meaningful relationship with Durham.

The day will begin at 8am in Room 101 in the Duke West Building (East Campus) with a continental breakfast, introductions, and a summary of the agenda for the day.

8am/breakfast: West Duke Building (East Campus)

Duke's East Campus was the original location of Trinity College. With the opening of West Campus, East Campus became the home of Duke Undergraduate Women's College.

9am: board the bus

The bus tour will be led by Barbara Lau of the Pauli Murray Project, and Sam Miglarese and Mayme Webb-Bledsoe of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership and is designed to unearth and provoke discussion about lesser-known aspects of Durham’s history and Duke’s relationship to Durham. During the tour, we will pause at various locations of significance throughout Durham and stop off at two sites, North Carolina Central University and the Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park, prior to meeting community stakeholders at The John O’Daniel Exchange for lunch at 12:15pm. We anticipate arriving back on East Campus no later than 2pm.

Pause: Old County Courthouse.

This courthouse was built after the first courthouse found itself cramped for space. After other complaints about prisoners heckling passerby from the county jail, the county built this new courthouse to accommodate.

The bus will pass by Golden Belt Center for the Arts, formerly Golden Belt Manufacturing Co.
This building was not always a hub for the arts. The factory originally produced cloth bags for Blackwell's Durham Tobacco. Now it contains artist studios and apartments alike, producing local culture.

Pause: Hayti Heritage Center

St. Joseph's African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1868 by Edian Markham and five others. Although it was slated to be demolished during urban renewal, protests saved the building, renovating it and now home to the Hayti Heritage Center.
Pause: Old Whitted School

Old Whitted School, formerly Hillside Park High School, was built in 1922 and was the first high school in Durham for African Americans. Prior to its construction, the only schools available to African American students did not teach past 8th grade.

First Stop: NCCU James Shepard Memorial Library

The James E. Shepard Memorial Library is North Carolina Central University's main library, with over 500,000 volumes and 140,000 federal and state documents. We will be reloading the bus at the NCCU Art Museum.

We will view the exhibit COLORICAN while at the NCCU Art Museum. COLORICAN is a self-identifying term coined by the Artist, to describe his being born to a Colombian mother and Puerto Rican father in the United States of America. COLORICAN: A Retrospective consists of 40 works of various medium by Cruz and is a collective of his work that embodies all of his experiences from growing up in the city of Newark, NJ till the present. This exhibition displays the many facets of Cruz’s career as an artist. His work lends itself to his life as a graffiti artist and the use of the spray can to learning techniques in airbrushing, and his early pen and ink Rapidograph drawings in the third grade to enamel marker drawings today. Cruz has exhibited his works in the United States and abroad. His career as an exhibitionist began during his formative years at the Newark Museum’s Elementary Art Exhibits and continues to this day with his most recent works being featured in Humacao, Puerto Rico.

Pause: Lincoln Community Health Center

The Lincoln Community Health Center has had many incarnations throughout Durham's history and continues to operate as a community clinic and emergency care center, providing care primarily for citizens without health insurance or who cannot otherwise get care, including adult medicine, pediatric, adolescent, dental, behavioral health, and prenatal care.
Pause: Maureen Joy Charter School

Formerly East Durham Graded School, the building was built in the 1890s and had only seven classrooms and an assembly hall. By 1980, the building was being used as a storage space until in early 2011 when it was reconverted back to its roots as the Maureen Joy Charter School.

Pause: Holton Career & Resource Center

Play ball! This space was originally a baseball field where the original "Durham Bulls" practiced in the early 1900s. The East Durham Junior High School was built on top of the property, became Holton Middle School, and is now used by Duke as a community resource center.
Pause: SEEDS Community Garden

Founded in 1994, SEEDS is a two-acre urban garden and kitchen classroom in the heart of Durham. SEEDS develops the capacity of young people to respect life, the earth, and each other through growing, cooking, and sharing food

Pause: LGBTQ Center of Durham

LGBTQ Center of Durham is a safe and inclusive community committed to supporting and celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identified people in and around Durham through programming, resources, and networks of support, and by acting as a hub for Durham’s LGBTQ community, and by sharing and affirming LGBTQ lived experiences.

Pause: Museum of Durham History

The Museum of Durham History is a museum without walls. The museum is located in Downtown Durham and exhibits can be found throughout Durham, and in parks and green spaces in the community.

Pause: the Pauli Murray Home

Civil rights activist Pauli Murray was raised in this home. She fought through obstacles and also became a renowned writer, lawyer, women's rights activist, and Episcopal priest. The building is now home to the Pauli Murray Center for Center for History and Social Justice.

Second stop: Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park

The Lyon Park Center, built in 1930, did not liven up until rebuilt in 1993 as a community center. It now has many resources and facilities available for use by families, citizens, and youths in the area, such as a playground, basketball court, technology, and various classes.

Pause and Loop: Lakewood Shopping Center

In the early 1900s, the connection of the local streetcar to Lakewood Park prompted its development into a community park with a merry-go-round, theater, and other amenities. It now is a classic American mini-mall, with various restaurants and shops to peruse. It is also home to The Scrap Exchange, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. It is also the future home of the Reuse Arts District and National Center for Creative Reuse.

Pause: Durham Co-op

The Durham Co-op Market is a grocery store and cafe for locally-produced organic foods. The Market hosts a $3 dinner every Thursday and daily $5 lunch specials.

Pause: Walltown Clinic

The Walltown Neighborhood Clinic was created and designed by members of the Walltown Community to help serve their medical needs. The clinic itself is a renovated house from the neighborhood and now provides multiple standard medical services.

Pause: Saint John Missionary Baptist Church

This church is home to Walltown Neighborhood Ministries. It hosts a variety of religious events and services for the Walltown community.

Pause: StepUp Durham

StepUp is a community career center that provides free employment training. Their mission is to reduce incarceration rates and help people who traditionally cannot afford to have life skills or employment training.

On the way back, we'll stop by some iconic sites in Durham culture, pictured below.

Passing by old ballpark, Durham Central Park, Liberty Warehouse, Farmers Market, and Pauli Murray Mural
12:15 PM: stop for lunch at The John O'Daniel Exchange

Lunch time! We will be having lunch with community members at The John O'Daniel Exchange and have a short debrief. This is the final stop before we head back to Duke!

2:00 PM: Return to West Duke building on East Campus

That's all, folks! Thank you for coming on the tour, and we hope you enjoyed it! If you'd like to learn more about how to integrate the local community into your projects or courses, please contact us at servicelearning@duke.edu to set up a consultation!