Durham’s flag was designed by artist Al Nichols who won a city-wide contest in 1989. In 1991 the City of Durham did their own take on the flag to make the city logo boasting ‘City of Medicine, 1869,’ for their logo. In 2017, as Steve Schewel was getting reading to take office as Mayor, Durham released an updated logo dropping the City of Medicine tagline and the year of incorporation.
Interestingly the Bull City logo revision cost $20,000 and the Oak City neighbors dropped over $200,000 on their new logo in the same year. Proof it pays to know who you are.
Each detail of the Durham’s city flag is meant to capture what was coined the city’s “New Spirit,” in the late 80s and early 90s.
The colors represent:
The seven stars are both representative of the seven star cluster of the Taurus constellation, aka The Pleiades, and the spirit of Durham. Each star is meant to represent one of the following:
This Bull City History Bit was brought to you by our Community Partner Brian Bonomo Photography's sponsorship. Thank you for valuing the importance of sharing Durham's history with the Durham community.
The Bulls of Durham 1st Edition *Special Reserve
$50.00 - $60.00
Signed, first print copy of "The Bulls of Durham" living history book. Projected book launch is April 10th, 2019, Durham's 150th Anniversary. This purchase includes your book and support for the project.
"The Bulls of Durham" living history book blends Durham's rich history with stories and perspectives of our city's greats that are continuing to build upon that history. And in this way, this is the story of Durham, North Carolina through the bulls' eyes.
Learn how a city that literally started from a tobacco seed in the ashes of the Civil War grew into the best city on earth. Discover how a stolen bull brought about a history shifting, global tobacco empire; and how 150 years later that relates to a British mustard company having beef with Sheila. #NotSorry
Find out the backstory to how the now hippest, foodiest, tech-hub of the South also gave rise to the bullpen, billboards, branding and baseball cards. Delve into our city's strong Black history that proves "Do It Like Durham" isn't a passing trend and will give you a profound sense of reverence walking down Parrish Street.
Best of all, see the common thread that runs through the stories of teachers, politicians, business owners, hip-hop artists, painters, activists, historians, architects and the real Bull City OG's. Hint: it's the BULLief that in Durham anything is possiBULL.
Welcome to Durham the incrediBULL place where grit meets grace. Here all you have to have is a dream and faith the size of a tobacco seed, because well, tobacco seeds build global empires, not mustard seeds.
Project book launch date: April 10, 2019 - Durham's EXACT150th Anniversary.
Cover Art by DeCario Allen.
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.
Great way to show a large, growing & engage Durham audience you truly care about Durham, it's people, and it's history.