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Barnes & Noble To Host Book Signing For Author Andre Vann

Andre Vann

Durham, NC – Join local author Andre Vann on August 26 when Barnes & Noble hosts a Book Signing for Vann’s latest release African Americans of Durham County.

Andre Vann
African Americans of Durham County

Durham County, North Carolina, once called the “Chicago of the South” and the “Capital of the Black Bourgeoisie,” has long occupied an important place in the hearts and minds of those who called Durham County home. African Americans have played a vital role in the growth and development of the region over the years, from antebellum times to Reconstruction to the Civil Rights era and in the present.

The African American citizens of this historic Tar Heel county share an impressive story marked by determination, economic achievement, and resilience, and they have made a difference in all walks of life—educational, religious, civic, and commercial. This pictorial history r

eflects upon the rich and vibrant role that African Americans played in the area following emancipation. In its earliest stages, residents in such neighborhoods as Hayti, Hickstown, Crest Street, Pearsontown, the West End, the East End, and Walltown each created sturdy surviving communities that have shaped Durham. 

Join the author for a signing:

Where:  Barnes & Noble

8030 Renaissance Parkway, Suite 855

Durham, NC 27713

When:  Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online

About the Author:

Andre Vann
Andre Vann

Andre D. Vann—author, archivist, historian, and a longtime resident of Durham and chronicler of African American history—has compiled a fascinating collection of photographs highlighting key individuals and memorable moments in Durham County’s history. This tribute to the people of Durham County aims to be a treasure for longtime residents and newcomers alike.

Born: June 1970, Vance County

Residence: Durham

Career: Coordinator of University Archives and professor, N.C. Central University

Education: B.A. and M.A. in history, N.C. Central University

Family: Wife Tracey Burns-Vann

Fun fact: Vann was born in a community called Mobile that was founded by his great-great-grandmother. The midwife who delivered him confused his birthday, marking July instead of June on his birth certificate, so he now celebrates both birthdays.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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