The Carolina Theatre of Durham Welcomes Tours During Women’s History Month

February 26, 2024 by Sandy Lerebours

Connie Moses is pictured with her daughters Mollie and Kitty Moses. Connie led a team of volunteers to restore the Carolina Theatre when it had fallen into disrepair.


DURHAM, February 26, 2024 — During Women’s History Month, the Carolina Theatre of Durham invites the community to tour its historic exhibits highlighting women who were instrumental in the development of the Carolina Theatre throughout its storied history.   

The theater’s historic “Confronting Change” and “Restoring Hope” exhibits honor women who dedicated their time and energy to the integration and restoration of the theater from the 1960s-1980s. 

The “Confronting Change” exhibit honors those who took part in desegregating the theater in the 1960s —many of whom were women, including demonstrators like Vivian McCoy; NAACP and CORE organizers like Bessie McLaurin who helped negotiate desegregation with political leaders and train demonstrators in nonviolent tactics; and mentors and “mothers” of the movement like Margaret Holmes Turner and Evelyn McKissick. 

The “Restoring Hope” exhibit is dedicated to volunteers who created a nonprofit to restore and run the theater after it had fallen into disrepair in the 1970s. The tribute focuses on Connie Moses who led the theater’s rehabilitation, and many of the women who helped with the restoration like dedicated volunteer Margaret “Pepper” Fluke; Darcy Paletz, a founder of the nonprofit created to run the theater; and St. Clair Williams and Maggie Dent who helped manage the theater and its productions. 

Visit the Carolina Theatre’s website to learn more about touring these historic exhibits. Self-guided tours of the “Confronting Change” and “Restoring Hope” exhibit are open to the public Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guided tours are also available for groups of 25 or more when arranged in advance. All tours are free.  

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About The Carolina Theatre of Durham: 

Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which manages the city-owned Carolina Theatre at 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701. Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is dedicated to presenting vibrant, thought-provoking film and live performances that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham and the Triangle Region. More information at carolinatheatre.org. 

  

Contact: Jordan Hewitt Beard
Senior Director of Marketing, Carolina Theatre of Durham
(919) 560-3040 | jordan@carolinatheatre.org