Durham activist's home named national historic landmark
Posted April 1
Durham County, N.C. — The family home of a Durham native who was a champion of women's rights is now a national historic landmark.
A crowd gathered Saturday for a celebration at the childhood home of Pauli Murray, a lawyer, poet and priest who died in 1985.
Murray played a crucial role in creating protections for women against job discrimination.
The house on Carroll Street is the state's 39th national historic landmark and the first to focus on women's history and LGBT issues.
“She was one of those that paved the way in Civil Right and social justive, in religion and in law,” Mayme Webb-Bledsoe said. “I mean, it’s just amazing when you read her story, what she was able to do.”
The celebration included tours of the house and neighborhood. The home will be the site of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, which is scheduled to open in 2020.