‘Building Bridges through Good Faith’ chronicles Durham’s Muslim population

This photo from the 1970s shows students and teachers at the Sister Clara Muhammad School. The school was located in Durham's Lyon Park Community Center and consisted of students from Durham and Raleigh mosques. Photo courtesy of Haneef Muhammad

About 25,000 Muslims live in North Carolina, and the Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center has been a place of worship and community for Muslim residents in Durham for decades. Opened in the 1970s and originally known as Muhammad’s Mosque #34, Ar-Razzaq is now the focus of an exhibit at the Museum of Durham History.

You can attend the opening reception of “Building Bridges Through Good Faith” at the Museum for free on Friday, April 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will run through August.

“The Ar-Razzaq community laid a foundation for generations of Muslims, many of whom are African-American,” explained Museum Director Patrick Mucklow.

Visitors will learn about one of the oldest Muslim communities in the state through artifacts, photos and firsthand accounts.

“We hope the exhibit will encourage dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims, dispel some myths and allow an acknowledgement that America is at her best and strongest when she respects and embraces the beauty of diversity, religious or otherwise,” said Naomi S. Feaste, one of the exhibit’s curators.

The exhibition and related programs are funded by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Third Friday opening reception is free, and you can sample fish sausage, bean pies, bean soup and carrot cake. The event will also feature children’s activities and live music.

The Museum of Durham History opened in 2013 and offers a wide variety of exhibitions each year. Click here to view its other exhibits.

“Building Bridges through Good Faith” exhibition

Where: Museum of Durham History, 500 W Main St.
When: April to August 2018
More info: Visit this webpage.

Opening reception

When: Friday, April 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Museum of Durham History, 500 W Main St.
More info: Find the Facebook event here.

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