Looking south towards East Pettigrew and Fayetteville Streets, 1940s. Speight's service station is to the left.
(Courtesy State of North Carolina Archives)
Theodore Speight came to Durham from Snow Camp, NC in 1932 with 82 cents in his pocket. He began working at a service station upon his arrival, and soon owned the station, a Pure Oil Station located at the southwest corner of East Pettigrew and Fayetteville Streets. Like other Pure Oil Stations I've profiled, Speight's station had the 'cottage style' pitched roof.
Below, a very brief snippet of film showing a drive by Speight's in 1947.
Below, Speight's from "Negro Durham Marches On" in 1949.
In the 1950s, the station was remodeled to resemble the more modern stations being constructed at that time.
Looking west from Fayetteville and East Pettigrew, 1959.
(Courtesy Wayne Henderson)
Speights, early 1960s.
(Courtesy Durham County Library / North Carolina Collection)
Speight's appears to have been torn down around 1970. With the shift of Fayetteville St. to the west (so that it could align with a new connector to Elizabeth St.), the site of Speight's became the middle of the new intersection of Fayetteville and East Pettigrew.
Looking west at the former site of Speight's Service Station, 11.24.07
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