Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

Contact Us

Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture (map)
Duke University
101 Flowers Building
Box 90880
Durham, NC 27708-0880

Phone: 919-684-3814
Fax: 919-681-7472
mlw@studentaffairs.duke.edu

The Center is available to the public daily. We are open from 9am–5pm weekdays for business and during those hours as well as many others by reservation (for programming).

Students currently have access via DukeCard between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00pm.

Note: A valid Duke ID Card is required for keycard access into the space during evening and weekend hours if a reservation has not been made.

Directions

Walking

From West Campus Bus Stop
Facing Duke Chapel, take the sidewalk to the left leading to the Chapel steps from the bus stop. At the base of the Chapel steps to your left is the Flowers building.  The MLWC administrative suite is on the first floor to the right when you enter the building.

From the Bryan Center
Exit from the rear of the Bryan Center (nearest the bookstore). Walk the entire length of the plaza away from the Bryan Center, past the seating areas, the performance stage, (all on the left).  Make the left onto the wooden plank walkway and follow the steps into the first floor of the Flowers building.  Make a left through the door and The Mary Lou Williams Center will be facing you.

Driving

From Raleigh/RDU Airport
Take I-40 West to the Durham Freeway/Hwy. 147 and proceed with directions "From the Durham Freeway" below.

From the Durham Freeway/Hwy 147 to the Bryan Center Parking Lot
Take the Durham Freeway/Hwy 147 to the Chapel Hill Street Exit [Exit 13]. Turn right off the ramp and follow Chapel Hill Street down to Towerview. At the stoplight on Towerview make a right. Follow Towerview to Science Drive. At the stoplight, turn right onto Science Drive. Down the street on your right you will see signage for the Bryan Center Visitors Lot. Turn right into the driveway for parking options.

To the MLW Center from the Bryan Center Parking Lot
Exit the parking lot by walking away from Science Dr. toward the Chapel/Bryan Center. Follow the sidewalk into the traffic circle. At the opposite end of the circle, follow the sidewalk that leads to the rear of the Bryan Center. Make a left, walking away from the Bryan Center rear entrance, and up the plaza walkway. Walk the entire length of the plaza away from the Bryan Center, past the seating areas, the performance stage, (all on the left).  Make the left onto the wooden plank walkway and follow the steps into the first floor of the Flowers building.  Make a left through the door and The Mary Lou Williams Center will be facing you.