Black Wall Street


In Durham NC, one the the original centers for black businesses sits in the downtown area. The creation of Black Wall Street (spearheaded by John Merrick and Charles Spalding) marked a turning point for the identity of the black businessman and formed an economic center for black businesses in the antebellum south.

North Carrlina Office of Archives and History
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In the antebellum south, black businesses were suppressed and stifled. Black wall street stood in the face of that as a hub of black commerce and ingenuity. 

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Physically located at the fourth block district on Parrish St. in Durham North Carolina. Dedication includes an information plaque in the preserved integrety of many of the historic buildings along the block.

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