Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Downtown’s Eyes Turned 85 This Week!

Downtown’s Eyes Turned 85 This Week!
Bull City Mutterings
Reyn Bowman

This week the soulful eyes of Downtown Durham turned 85 years old.
It was February 2, 1926 when The Carolina Theatre opened as the $250,000 Durham Auditorium and hosted famed Will Rogers that first year and the symbolically-even-more-famed African-American contralto opera singer Marian Anderson the next.

When it opened, the facility was the first theater in Durham to admit African-Americans, though through separate doors and with separate seating, but Ms Anderson performed to a diverse audience that is characteristic of Durham and in 1963 it became fully integrated.

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