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Newly launched Hayti Reborn makes first cut for competitive multimillion-dollar grant

By Laura Brache

The News and Observer

July 2, 2021

More than 60 years since the development of the Durham Freeway, a possible new beginning is on the horizon for Hayti, the Black community disrupted by the urban renewal projects starting in the late 1950s.

Henry McKoy, a professor and director of entrepreneurship at the N.C. Central University School of Business, wants to help bring about that new beginning. He led a presentation on June 17 at Provident1819, a Black-centric co-working space in downtown Durham, just a few blocks from the district formerly known as Black Wall Street. The event kicked off the Hayti Heritage Center’s Juneteenth celebration.

“Hayti is an incredible legacy that we want to bring back,” McKoy said.

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