Help us Save Pauli Murray’s Childhood Home

Help us Save Pauli Murray’s Childhood Home

Unique coalition of city groups announce the purchase of the Pauli Murray-Richard Fitzgerald house to honor these human rights champions. Check out the great press coverage!

The Pauli Murray Project is working in collaboration with the Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project, Self-Help and Preservation Durham to save and rehabilitate 906 Carroll Street, Pauli Murray’s Childhood home. We are working to raise money and awareness about this important Durham landmark.

Great Herald Sun Article – READ it HERE


News & Observer Coverage – READ it HERE

Duke Today – READ it HERE

“The ideals and influences within my own family had made me a life-long fighter against all forms of inequality and injustice. — Pauli Murray, Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family

Pauli Murray’s message of bringing people together to work for justice will gain more traction through our efforts to save this house, built in the 1890s by her grandfather, Robert Fitzgerald. Our plan is to convert the home into a site for community dialogues, educational programs and mobilization efforts for social justice advocacy.

Preservation Durham has agreed to accept donations, making them tax-deductible. Self-Help has created a special Pauli Murray Certificate of Deposit that allows investors to donate a portion of their interest to the project. In addition Self-Help will manage the site during this fundraising process and the School of Design at NC State University will provide design support.

Please Leave a Reply to Dr. Elaine H. Yarborough

3 Responses to “Help us Save Pauli Murray’s Childhood Home”

  1. I taught at Benedict College in 1967/68 when Pauli Murray was Vice President of the school. We lived in the same house, the old President’s house which, at that time, was divided into three apartments sharing one kitchen. Dr. Murray was a mentor to me. She established a Reading Center and put me in charge of that Center, along with my responsibilities teaching English.
    She was a most wonderful person and I as a young white Northerner learned much from her. My year at Benedict College was one of the most challenging and rewarding of my career. Dr. Murray was an extraordinary person who never saw people in any color. She simply saw the person and what that person “was made of”.

    Posted by: Susan Diliberti | January 18, 2016 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  2. Your plan to preserve and convert the house of Robert Fitzerald at 906 Carroll Street into a center for educational programs and efforts for social justice is an excellent idea. I would like to volunteer my services and financial support to help this project come into fruition. My children, Felicia M. Yarborough and Kipchoge K. Yarborough, are the great grandchildren of Alma Fitzgerald Yarborough, daughter of Richard B. Fitzgerald.

    Posted by: Dr. Elaine H. Yarborough | July 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  3. Thank you for saving this home and creating a vision to transform it into a community space.

    Posted by: katherine o'brien | May 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Reply