Parish Street: Durham's Black Wall Street, Part 2
|Durham near the bus station May 1940- Library of Congress
History doesn't make sense sometimes.. it just is, what it is. It shows that no matter how successful you are -- can i say it simply -- "haters gonna hate."
|A Cafe' near the Tobacco Market, May 1940
North Carolina Mutual Life was founded in 1898. It still operates today. It still has a bank branch ring on Black Wall Street. It is the oldest and largest African-American institution in the country.
The bank's downtown brank is right next to a musuem that is dedicated to the history of African Americans in Durham.
The area is also dotted with stone markers to remind a new generation of those who walked before them.
|tobacco auction sale November 1939, library of congress
Booker T. Washington called Durham "The city of negro enterprise." He wrote that “if blacks across the south would emulate blacks in Durham, they would be on their way to prosperity and economic security.”
|Durham 1940, Library of Congress
|Outside a Tobacco Warehouse- Durham 1940 Library of Congress
|Young Flower Salesman, Durham may 1940- Libarary of Congress
|Tobacco Warehouse, Durham 1940- Library of Congress
Dr. King's first visit was on October 15, 1956. He spoke to local black business leaders and students at Hillside High School.