UnBULLievaBULL bit of Bull City history for y’all.
“The Bulls of Durham” living history book was truly written WITH the Durham community. Last winter we shared the incrediBULL story of Fitzgerald bricks, using a photo of these gems.
We had several Durhamites reach out with questions and, as promised, we dug in to find the answers. And what we found with the help of NCCU Archivist Andre Vann will make you love Durham even more.
These particular type of bricks made by R.B Fitzgerald's company are called pavers. They were specifically made for sidewalks and walkways. The company that made the mold with this particular design was out of Ohio, but the bricks were made right here in Durham, NC.
And here's where the story takes a truly "Only in Durham" turn. By chance, the name for the paver mold design featuring the now-iconic pattern we now associated with Fitzgerald was "Bullseye." These pavers were made at least 20 years prior to any recorded mention of Durham as the Bull City. What are the chances!?
Richard Burton Fitzgerald came to Durham in 1869, the year Durham officially became a city. He proceeded to make millions of bricks, Bull City history, Black history and the majority of Durham, literally. The Old Bull Building is made with Fitzgerald bricks, as is much of downtown Durham… and much of historic parts of Raleigh, but we’re all here for the bits of Bull City history.
When you walk on these bricks you’re *literally* standing on Bull City history. Bullseye!
Special thanks to our Community Partner Apt.N Coffee for sponsoring this Bull City History Bit.
Made In Durham Maker Feature
Durham makers this an incrediBULL opportunity just for you.
Get featured on The Bulls of Durham's newly acquired @MadeInDurham Instagram account. This is an unBULLievaBULL opportunity for Bull City makers to showcase their talent.
If you live in Durham and make things in Durham this is for you.
Great opportunity to showcase:
Who you are
What you make
How to purchase your products
What market you'll be at next
Also a great opportunity for local makers markets to get the word out.
Bits of Bull City History
Sponsorship of a Durham History post on social media as well as a microblog on TheBullsOfDurham.com. These are mega-hits reaching 1000s of Durhamites. Durham LOVES its history.
*Subject to approval to and enrollment in The Bulls of Durham Community Partnership Program.
Durham Do-Gooder Community Partnership Package
There's no better bang for your buck in the Bull City.
Get your business and a Bull City non-profit in front of the most engaged Durham audience. This package includes a featured blog on TheBullsOfDurham.com, a featured post on both The Bulls of Durham Instagram and Facebook, Facebook direct-link blog push, Instagram and Facebook stories, sponsorship of and inclusion in weekly email blast.
Interested party is responsible for providing high quality photos for promotional package and answering questions for Sheila Amir to craft content.
Terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to decline businesses/organizations/individuals/etc. not in line with our brand and mission. If declined refund will be issued within 2 business days.