The first public offering of Bull City 150 is a traveling public history exhibition and engagement initiative titled “Uneven Ground: The Foundations of Housing Inequality in Durham.”
The exhibit is comprised of 27 panels, 3 audio stations, and 2 interactives that trace the history of housing and land inequality in Durham from colonial times through the 1960s. It also highlights stories of resistance and community organizing. The narratives contained in the exhibit are shaped by archival research, oral histories and sound recordings, and dozens of books, reports, newspapers, dissertations, and theses. We have also partnered with Durham-based artist, Moriah LeFebvre, to show several of her works that convey current residents’ impressions of a changing Durham.
Utilizing the exhibit, Bull City 150 intends to go beyond providing historical information and analysis toward provoking dialogue among Durhamites about the housing problems facing our city today. These problems include gentrification, displacement, soaring eviction numbers, and poor housing conditions in private and in long-declining public housing. We partner with grassroots advocacy organizations, housing non-profits, policymakers, community centers, and educational institutions to expand and deepen local conversations about housing and land equity, utilizing a historical lens.