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N.C. Central To Document History Of Transformed Community

Posted December 26, 2002 6:29 a.m. EST

— Parts of the Durham community have disappeared as North Carolina Central University expanded over the years. Current and former faculty aren't going to let those contributions be forgotten.

They plan to use interviews, archival information and video recordings to preserve the history of the community that has changed in the face of university development.

North Carolina Central was the nation's first public liberal arts institution founded for blacks. The changes are taking place near the historically black Hayti neighborhood.

The university and a nonprofit organization have bought most of 29 properties previously owned by residents near the school's main entrance off Fayetteville Street.

Several homes have been demolished to make way for a new privatized dorm set to open in August. Others will be torn down next year for a publicly funded dorm.

In addition, demolition work has begun on old Hillside High School to make way for a $36.8-million science complex.