Thursday, April 5, 2012

Durham Hosts Historic Parrish Street Forum Grand Opening April 12

History buffs should take note of a unique opportunity to celebrate Durham’s Historic Black Wall Street and modern-day renaissance with the grand opening of the Historic Parrish Street Forum.

On Thursday, April 12, 2012, at noon, the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Parrish Street Advocacy Group will gather to officially open the newly renovated space, located at 108 W. Parrish St. Light refreshments will be served and attendees for this event are encouraged to park in the Chapel Hill Street Garage and Lot, located at 326 E. Chapel Hill St. 

The new space was designed to help commemorate the “Black Wall Street” era and the legacy of Black entrepreneurship in Durham; provide an additional venue for meeting space and cultural arts events; create more walking traffic along Parrish Street; and be a catalyst for more retail purchasing and businesses locating on Parrish Street.

Speakers at the grand opening include Parrish Street Advocacy Group Chairman Chuck Watts; Mayor William V. “BillR 21; Bell; N.C. House Representative Larry D. Hall; N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development President Andrea Harris; N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Company President and CEO James Speed; Pauli Murray Project Director Barbara Lau; and Office of Economic and Workforce Development Director Kevin Dick.

The forum is 3,251 total square feet and can accommodate up to 49 people. The new space can provide banquet and conference tables, chairs, a kitchenette, a presentation screen, and ceiling-mounted projector as well as a podium and microphone. Community organizations, groups, or individuals interested in renting the space should visit the Parrish Street Forum website for details and contact information.

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