Mapping Civil & Human Rights Activism in Durham

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As a tribute to Durham’s exquisite, intriguing, sometimes hidden, but fascinating history, we decided to create this interactive map. The map markers detail information about prominent locations relating to civil and human rights in Durham through text, photographs, and audio documentary.

Explore the map by topic, date or location. Create your own walking tour!

Started in 2009, the map grows each year when students in Barbara Lau’s Duke University course research, write, select photographs and narrate new markers.


Special thanks to  Savas Labs for redesigning the map in 2016. We see the map as a community resource for teachers, students, residents and anyone interested in social history and engaged communities.

This map is interactive and we welcome your suggestions for other pertinent markers. Please send suggestions and comments to Barbara Lau, Pauli Murray Project Director at