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The Methodist Church has played a defining role in the foundation of Durham and the development of diverse neighborhoods. By playing a major role in the community and educating masses of children in Sunday schools, the church has shaped generations of citizens. While there were significant differences between the Methodist Sunday schools in East Durham, Hayti, and West Durham due to racial and socioeconomic divisions, the schools in every neighborhood were used to support children, families, and the entire community after the despair and destruction caused by the Civil War.
Durham Methodist Churches