Durham News

Carolina Theatre opens civil rights exhibit to special tours

The Carolina Theatre has reserved special hours this February for visitors to tour its “Confronting Change” exhibit, dedicated to community members who helped desegregate the theater during the civil rights era.

Several committee members who helped develop the exhibit will be present to tell the story of the protests to visitors.

In 2012-13, a committee of community members who were involved in the protests produced “Confronting Change.” It opened last February to honor the peaceful protests and those who helped desegregate the city-owned theater via a landmark court case in 1963.

In commemoration of Black History Month, the members of the committee will lead tours of the museum-like exhibit, which has been permanently installed on the third level of the theater.

Guests who arrive at the venue at the times listed below will be greeted by a staff member, asked to sign in and then led to the exhibit where committee members will provide information and answer questions.

The committee members have created a lasting monument to the important changes made in Durham during the civil rights era and ensured that everyone will remember the work done to end the theater’s segregationist policies.

Guests who can’t view the exhibit during the designated times may do so by appointment from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling Rebeka Todd at the theater at 919-226-8879.