About This Site

History Beneath Our Feet is the result of a collaborative project led by the Museum of Durham History and guided by a broad-based advisory committee of organizations and individuals interested in creating new ways to access Durham's history.

Local historian and writer Jim Wise led research for the effort and authored the site's text. Educator Suzanne Payne created the information about the site for students and teachers.

Special thanks to Charles Williams, who successfully took on the challenge of "Who was Vivian," which had baffled the team since the project began. With a combination of intuition and detailed research he was able to identify for whom Vivian Street was named.

Digital Durham provided the historic Durham map used for the background of the website, and the Shodor Education Foundation provided Web and database design as well as graphic services.

Funding from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and the Charitable Foundation of the Durham Merchants Association helped underwrite the site's development. Generous in-kind contributions from the Durham Planning Department and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants have been vital to completion.

Numerous references were consulted to ensure the historic accuracy of the information

Photographic images were graciously made available by Duke Homestead State Historic Site (Duke Homestead), Duke University Library Special Collection ( Duke RBMSCL), Elon University, Herald-Sun Newspaper (Herald Sun), the Local History Collection of the Durham County Public Library (Local History Collection, DC Library), NCCU Archives Records and History Center (NCCU Archives), North Carolina State Archives (Courtesy of the NC State Archives), UNC-Chapel Hill Photo Collection (North Carolina Collection, UNC-CH Library), and (Amos Gregson picture) Randolph County Historical Photographs, Randolph County Public Library - Randolph Room, http://www.randolphlibrary.org/historicalphotos.htm (Randolph County Historical Photographs). The photo credits are in parentheses.

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