We preserving the memories of our elders and ancestors & translate those invaluable lessons for posterity by way of storytelling and oral traditional values.

One of our stories: Black Durham was heavily economically supported by Black tobacco. Black farmers like William Holman and Janie Parker Holman farmed tobacco and raised ten children on land that they owned. Each of their children would go on to contribute to the history and culture of Durham in various ways. Both of the Holmans were one generation removed from slavery. William’s father experienced slavery at Stagville Plantation, which is located in Durham. EmBodied Durham’s founder is a direct descendant of the Holmans.


Our goal is to cultivate an internal working-community built around mutual respect and collaborative vulnerability. We strive to build mutually beneficial relationships with communities that have historically suffered oppressive & exploitative treatment. We provide educational and historical resources and organize informational events such as tours of historical landmarks, buildings, & locations important to the history of Black Americans.


EmBodied Durham is committed to maintaining the fidelity of the dignity, safety, character and independence of a given community. While we may be in relationship with a given community, that community is still its own and will be respected as such.
Black Durham was heavily economically supported by Black Tobacco. William Holman and Janie Parker Holman were one generation removed from slavery and owned their own land. Also direct descendants from @historicstagville where William’s father was documented as experiencing slavery.


EmBodied Durham is dedicated to sharing engaging, thought-provoking content that is accessible in its language and structure. Our content is easily accessible to the communities for which it is made and is communicated in a way that honors our oral tradition and culture.