About the Project
The Parrish Street Project is an initiative of the City of Durham to commemorate the history of Durham's Black Wall Street and spur economic revitalization along a central downtown corridor.
The City of Durham's Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) was the recipient of a planning grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. This money supported the beginnings of a Parrish Street revitalization and historic commemoration project and lay groundwork for Parrish Street's future as an educational and exciting destination.
During the summer of 2004, with help from the community and urban planning consulting group, Heritage Directions LLC, a plan for "A New Era on Parrish Street" was created. The report recommended ways to interpret the history of Durham's Black Wall Street while involving the community in Parrish Street's future. The city and its partners are engaged in a mission to attract new investment and pursue National Heritage Area status from the United States Congress.
This initiative is being coordinated by OEWD and the Parrish Street Advocacy Group, a group of Durham leaders, activists, businesses and citizens representing some of the most influential organizations and interests in the Bull City.
The Parrish Street
Project has received approximately $350,000 from the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development with help from U.S. Congressman David