"Bull City 150: Reckoning with Durham's Past to Build a More Equitable Future" is a project of the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke. The primary goals are to create a broadly shared understanding of critical lessons from Durham's history and to use history to expand and deepen community discussions about current-day inequality in the city.
The first public offering of Bull City 150 is titled "Uneven Ground: The Foundations of Housing Inequality in Durham, NC." Uneven Ground is a traveling public exhibition that traces the historical roots of current-day land and housing inequality in Durham. The historical narratives that shape Uneven Ground are drawn from original archival research and mapping data, local oral histories and sound recordings, and dozens of books, reports, newspapers, dissertations, and theses.
Utilizing the exhibit, Bull City 150 intends to go beyond providing historical information and analysis, toward provoking dialogue among Durhamites about the problems facing our city. These problems include gentrification, displacement, soaring eviction numbers, and poor housing conditions in private and public housing. Bull City 150 is partnering with grassroots and advocacy organizations as well as policymakers and educational institutions to further the reach and impact of our historical work, and to deepen local conversations about housing and land inequality through a historical lens.