efdb42da-2929-4d16-a394-490666f619b3The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the childhood home of Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, in Durham, N.C., its newest National Treasure.  A leader in the American civil and women’s rights movements, Murray was also co-founder of the National Organization for Women, and the first African American women to be ordained an Episcopal priest.  The Trust named the Murray house a national treasure to ensure her rich legacy is upheld and to assist in its preservation so the site can operate as a center for social justice programming.

Barbara Lau, Director of the Pauli Murray at the Franklin Humanities Institute, wrote about the significance of the Murray house for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s PreservationNation blog.  Below is a portion of the piece.  Click here to read it in full.


Barbara Lau, director of the Pauli Murray Project at the Franklin Humanities Institute

“In the U.S., we erect monuments to help us remember people like Pauli Murray and Robert Fitzgerald who have made important contributions to the “greater good.” We continue to tell the stories of their journeys of struggle and triumph. In this vein, the Pauli Murray Center’s educational programming will: include open community dialogues that about the pressing issues of our time and their historical roots;offer residencies for young lawyers, faith leaders, poets and activists; create documentary projects focused on the “lesser known” stories like Pauli Murray’s that shape our future and promote social justice work that seeks fairness and justice across divisions such as race, class, sexual and gender identity, and spiritual practice that often divide us.”