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Community members plans to bring more Black ownership to Durham

Alexis Bell | Spectrum Local News

DURHAM, N.C. — Community members are launching a new initiative called Hayti Reborn to invest in parts of historic Durham that have been ignored.

Black people in the Durham community owned hundreds of businesses along Fayetteville, Pettigrew and Pines streets in the early 20th century. This community was known as Hayti.

In 1958, the Durham Redevelopment Commission launched several projects of urban renewal. This included demolition of several businesses and homes in the Hayti community to make way for the Durham Freeway. Dr. Henry McKoy, who is launching Hayti Reborn, says the 1950's project was supposed to help rebuild the community, but never did.

"People are owed something," said McKoy.

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