The Destruction of Hayti

Urban Renewal destroyed Durham’s central black business district. Starting in the 1950s, this new federal policy provided local governments with funding to tear down and rebuild parts of cities in so-called blighted areas. The City of Durham received funding under this program to tear down and rebuild Hayti. 

Durham failed to deliver on its promises to rebuild. It demolished at least 120 black businesses and displaced over 500 families. With Hayti’s homes and its business district gone, hundreds more lost their businesses in the years that followed.