Take our virtual walking tour of historic Parrish Street, developed by students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Heritage of Black Wall Street lives on.
In the early 20th century, Parrish Street was dubbed “Black Wall
Street” due to the success of black-owned businesses such as North
Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and Mechanics and Farmers
Bank. Those were the days when Jim Crow laws reigned and commerce
was segregated. Visionary leadership and Black Wall Street business
growth fueled the development of many important community institutions
throughout Durham. To understand the history of Durham, one must
understand the entrepreneurial spirit of Black Wall Street.
of the Founders of Mechanics & Farmers Bank. 1900