Lecture -- Durham’s Black Wall Street in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Black Wall Street is a term used to describe the prosperous Black community in Durham, North Carolina in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Centered in the Hayti community at the height of Jim Crow, the Black population made strides in business and gained wealth. They built a bank (Farmers and Mechanics), an insurance company (North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance, which became the largest Black owned insurance company in the world), and their own university (North Carolina College, known today as North Carolina Central University). This community produced numerous leaders who challenged white supremacy and promoted the educational and economic development of the Black community, not only in Durham but also throughout North Carolina, the south and America.

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