Dedicated in 2007 the Durham bull depicts a classic antebellum symbol of Durham, NC. It stands as a testament to Durham's prosperity and growth dedicated at a time when gentrification of the downtown area was just beginning to truly take off.
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.
4409 Bennet Memorial Rd., Durham, NC
Home of the Bennett family, Bennett Place was originally a rather normal yeoman farm during the Civil War. It would gain fame as the largest site of a Confederate surrender during the Civil War. On April 17th, 18th, and 26th, of 1865, General Johnston negotiated the surrender of the Armies of Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas (an army of 89,240). However this is also a monument to immigration. As both armies had to sit around in the Durham area for weeks many soldiers began to develop a taste for the local Lucky Strike cigarettes. This led to a great interest in Durham post-war and in turn rapid economic growth in the area. As happens with any economic hotspot, returning war veterans and other rural families moved in to the city hopeful to take advantage of the growing tobacco industry. The Unity Monument was built on the site in 1923 to commemorate the historic surrender and in 1970 Bennett's Place was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Bennet Place is officially a monument to the end of the Civil War but it also marks an important transition in Durham's history and the beginning of Durham's rural to urban migration.
Reed Gold Mine, Locust, NC.
The Reed Gold Mine is the site of first gold mine in the United States. A National Historic Landmark as well as a North Carolina Historic Site, the Reed Gold Mine is now a state park and is open to the public.
US 17 in New Bern, North Carolina
This Historical Mile Marker commemorates Baron Christoph von Graffenried who founded New Bern in 1710 after migrating to America. He led Swiss and Palatine immigrants to the New World.