Project Updates for May/June 2020

In February of 2020, we were excited to learn that our project had been selected to receive a Civic Switchboard Field Project award! This was wonderful news as we had assembled a wonderful project team bringing knowledge, enthusiasm, and determination.  Everyone was eager to contribute to the goals laid out in the project application.  You can learn more about the […]

Why Hack into Durham History?

For years, there has been an efficient lock-down system for people that those in power wanted to keep away, those “undesirables”: property rights. In Durham, North Carolina, as in cities and counties throughout the United States, racially restrictive covenants can be found in historical property deeds. These covenants prohibited ownership and/or use of property by non-white people in certain neighborhoods throughout Durham County. Though they are no longer legally enforceable, they remain present today in the handwritten or typed deeds collected in books at the County Registrar.