Durham, North Carolina

Durham Business Signs

Durham is a city located in the central portion of the present-day U.S. state of North Carolina.  Prior to European invasion, this area had been inhabited by the Eno and Occoneechi peoples.  The Eno and the Occoneechi are related to the Sioux and Shakori peoples.  These tribes may have even established a village around the area where Durham now stands.  They called it Adshusheer.  This settlement was part of The Great Indian Trading Path.  The first European to arrive here was English explorer John Lawson in 1701.  Though European settlement did not occur until the middle of that century.  Indeed, Durham, North Carolina was not officially incorporated until all the way in 1869.  The city is named for a physician, Bartlett S. Durham, who donated land to the settlement in 1849.  This land became the site for a railway depot.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Durham, North Carolina has a total population of 228,330 people.  This makes it the fourth most populous city in the entire state of North Carolina and the 78th most populous city in the country.  As for Durham, North Carolina’s metropolitan area, according to that same 2016 estimate, it has a population of 542,710 people.  This makes it the 100th most populous metropolitan area in the entire United States of America.

Durham, North Carolina has historically ended up becoming a major part of African American history.  Indeed, on April 9, 1865, nearby Bennett Place became the surrendering point for General Joseph E. Johnston, Commander of the Confederate Army in the South.  Not even one hundred years later, Durham, North Carolina was again witness to history when on June 23rd, 1957, the segregated Royal Ice Cream Parlor became the site of the first sit-in of the Civil Rights Movement, led by Minister Douglas E. Moore.  The protestors were arrested and ultimately found guilty of “trespassing.” 

Today, Durham, North Carolina is home to North Carolina Central University, which is a public historically black university in the University of North Carolina.  A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, North Carolina Central University was established in 1910.

Elsewhere in the city of Durham, North Carolina is Research Triangle Park, which is one of the largest research parks in the world.  Additionally, Durham is home to the Bright Leaf Historic District, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and considered a U.S. Historic District.

However, Durham, North Carolina is perhaps most famous for serving as the home of Duke University.  In fact, Duke University and the Duke University Health System are, by far, the largest employers in the region, with 34,863 employees.  Duke University, which was founded as Brown School in 1838, is a private, non-profit, research university.  As of 2017, Duke had a $7.9 billion endowment, with 14,832 students in total enrolled into its various programs.  As for athletics, Duke is most well known for its men’s basketball team, who play their home games in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  The Blue Devils have won the NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship five times.

 Is there any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Durham, North Carolina area?  If so, you are in luck!  Below we have provided you (and other prospective small business owners such as yourself) with the resources you could find you require when it comes to fully realizing your entrepreneurial ambitions:

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Can-Do Graphics and Signs
Swannanoa, NC
(828) 686-3930

Speedee Signs And Graphics
Mount Holly, NC
(980) 722-8852

The Sign Shoppe of NC
Clinton, NC
(910) 564-4144

PostNet NC104
Lumberton, NC
(910) 618-1224

Innovative Signs and Graphics
Burlington, NC
(336) 538-1825

Jack Rabbit Signs
Raleigh, NC
(919) 571-1185

Lynch’s Signs & Graphics
Roanoke Rapids, NC
(252) 535-7096

Auto Trim Design Inc.
Burlington, NC .
(336) 229-1268

TNT Signs
Shelby, NC
(704) 460-5050