This Week in Durham History

The Durham Daily Sun appears
Feb. 23, 2013 @ 08:21 PM

“This Week in Durham History,”  a new feature in The Durham Herald, launches today and will be published weekly.

It is a joint project of the Museum of Durham History and Durham Technical Community College, where Jim DePalma’s history students took on this local research as a class project and DTCC’s 50th Anniversary community service committee lent support.

Perhaps fittingly, today’s “This Week in Durham History” event is the founding of this newspaper.

On Feb. 26, 1989 – 124 years ago Tuesday – the first issue of the Durham Daily Sun appeared. Apparently no trace of that first issue remains, but an issue from a month later gives some flavor of the front-page news of the time. For example:

“The meeting of the Y.M.C.A., last night was opned with prayer by the President, J.H. Southgate....The Reading Circle met at the residence of Mr. W. E. Foster, on Main street, last night, and adjourned as a mark of respect to the memory of Col. Eugene Morehead, without attracting any business....Rev. J. L. White, the new pastor of the First Baptist Church, with his family, arrived in Durham yesterday evening and are now with Mr. John L. Markham.”

The Durham Morning Herald began publication four years later, started by four former employees of the shrinking Durham Globe.

The Durham Morning Herald acquired The Durham Sun in 1929, and published the newspapers separately – the Herald in the mornings, the Sun in the afternoon — until merging into The Herald-Sun in 1991.