Blackwell Street

Blackwell Street was named after William T. Blackwell, who, with Julian Carr, enlarged John Green's tobacco company into an international corporation. (The Blackwell Bull Durham tobacco factory was built on the corner of Blackwell Street and West Pettigrew Street.) Blackwell Street first appears definitively on Gray's 1881 map of Durham as "Blackwell Avenue."

Blackwell Street extended southward to Morehead Avenue until the 1970s, when after construction of the Durham Freeway, an extension was built, bringing Blackwell Street south to Lakewood Avenue (mostly displacing the former Carrington Street.)

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