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Save the Date


Thursday, August 15, 2019

for the

Unveiling of a NC Historical Marker

In Honor Of

The Algonquin Tennis Club

At the W.D. Hill Recreation Center
1308 Fayetteville Street
Durham, North Carolina 27707 

6:30 PM Unveiling Ceremony
7:00 PM Historical Program

From 1922 until it burned in the mid-1960s, the Algonquin Tennis Club hosted tournaments and exhibition matches for black athletes, among them Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, and many of Durham’s top tennis players.   The American Tennis Association, a black group that promoted tennis across the nation, included Durham and The Algonquin on its tournament circuit.   Dr. Hubert Eaton of Wilmington, with whom Gibson lived for a time, is given much credit for the development of the women’s tennis star. Likewise, Dr. Walter “Whirlwind” Johnson of Lynchburg, Virginia, is credited with Ashe’s training and support.   The Algonquin Tennis Club members entertained and offered robust competition for each of these black tennis legends.   The Algonquin reached out and introduced the world of tennis to a wide array of youth.


The Algonquin Tennis Club also provided civic, entrepreneurial, social, and political meeting space for Durham’s African American residents. It was there on August 15, 1935 that the Durham Committee on Negro Affairs (DCNA) was formed.  The DCNA, now the DCABP, was (and remains) a powerful political force in the Durham black community.  It has sought to give a voice to all African Americans in Durham and to provide a community outlet for the political energy and the multiple other aspirations of Durham’s black residents.   The Durham Business and Professional Chain was formed at The Algonquin Tennis Club in 1937.


The events on August 15 are free.    The public is cordially invited and encouraged to attend.



The Black Communities Conference, a.k.a. #BlackCom2019, is a vibrant and uniquely important global gathering that will take place in downtown Durham, N.C. Sept. 9-11, 2019. It will feature nearly 300 panel discussions, local tours, film screenings, workshops, keynotes and other events.


The conference is hosted by the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and the Institute of African American Research along with the Center for the Study of the American South, Hayti Heritage Center and St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation. NCGrowth, North Carolina Central University and UNC University Libraries.



Each year SAMHSA designates September as National Recovery Month, to promote the fact that people can and do recover from mental and substance use disorders. The Recovery Community Of Durham (RCOD) is once again hosting a celebration for people in recovery and, more importantly, the larger community. Community support is essential to our efforts. This family friendly free event will feature health screenings, healthy eating information, mental health and substance use recovery speakers, line dancing, live music, a recovery poster competition, children’s activities, recovery resource table, food and fun. There will be raffle prizes awarded throughout the event, and to the winners of the recovery poster competition based on the votes of those who attend. Over 25% of all families experience mental or substance use disorders in any given year, so come join us in promoting the fact that prevention works, treatment is effective, people can and do recover, right here in Durham, NC.


For more information please contact RCOD at 919-641-9988,
or send us an email: recoverycommunityofdurham@gmail.com
We are located in the Hayti Heritage Center

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