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The Bull City 150 project will open a new public exhibit, "The Schools We All Deserve: The struggle for educational equity in Durham, N.C.," on May 31, 2019, at the W.G. Pearson Center, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit explores the history of education in Durham from the 1800s to the present, and shows how each generation responded to racial and economic educational inequality. Many fought and organized and made huge sacrifices to further educational equity. Others resisted -- some loudly, some quietly.

White children outside a school, black and white image
Students at George Watts Elementary School in Durham, 1970. Photo credit: Durham Herald Co. Newspaper Photograph Collection, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

" ‘The Schools We All Deserve’ exhibit was developed as a platform for community learning and dialogue about the history that shaped our current educational divides here in Durham,” said Mel Norton, Bull City 150 project director and a research associate at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. “We invite all Durhamites to come learn more about this history and reflect on what the struggle for educational equity looks like today.”

The event is free and open to people of all ages. Please RSVP for the exhibit here. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will be on display at the W.G. Pearson Center on 600 East Umstead Street, Durham, through August 2019.  It will be open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Parking for the W.G. Pearson Center is next to the building and can be accessed via Spaulding Street.  

Bull City 150 is a joint project of Duke University’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Funding for the exhibit was provided by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, the Durham Public Schools Foundation and Durham 150.

For more information, please contact Bull City 150 Project Director Mel Norton at or (919) 485-9329.