Beechwood Cemetery Tour 10/15
Saturday October 15
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Historic Beechwood Cemetery Tour
October 15 at 10 am
(Meet at the corner of Cornwallis Road and Fayetteville Street)
The City of Durham created Maplewood Cemetery in 1872 for its white citizens. The city did not create a city cemetery for its African-American citizens until the late 1920s and then only after two decades of advocacy by Durham’s African-American leadership. That cemetery is Beechwood. In this sacred place are memorialized the lives of people who lifted themselves up from slavery, who built lives and communities amid a world of adversity. Here are inspiring stories of life, loving, triumph, and the occasional tragedy. Preservation Durham’s expert tour guides will dive deep into Durham’s history. Meet great educators, business leaders, laborers, farmers, opera singers, musicians, scholars, and civil rights and political leaders. These are the people who, in the words of W. E. B. DuBois, “upbuilt” Durham.
This tour is the pilot episode for a series of tours that Preservation Durham will continue in the spring. Walk with them through Beechwood’s gates and learn about the road from slavery to opportunity, Black Durham’s community relations and familial ties, as well as the rich legacy of leadership and fortitude.
Tour starts at 10 am on 10/15, and 2 pm on 10/16
Cost: $12/person ($15.06 including fees + taxes) | FREE for Preservation Durham members
Guests must order tickets in advance. ORDER TICKETS HERE.
Please sign up right away- spaces are limited. Tours last about 1 ½ hours.
• Be on time
• Look for the Preservation Durham banner
• Wear sensible shoes and comfortable clothing
• There are no public bathrooms so people should remember what mom said, “go before you get in the car.”