Pauli Murray Family Home Designated National Historic Landmark

Pauli Murray Family Home Designated National Historic Landmark

On January 11, the Department of the Interior named 24 new National Historic Landmarks and the Pauli Murray Family Home was one of them.

The US Department of the Interior/National Park Service has designated the Pauli Murray Family home at 906 Carroll Street in Durham a National Historic Landmark. This concludes a three-part review process that began in October 2016 with a hearing by the Advisory Committee of the National Park System.

Department of the Interior Press Release

“The Pauli Murray Family Home in Durham, North Carolina, is associated with ground-breaking civil rights activist, lawyer, educator, writer, and Episcopal priest Pauli Murray. She served as a bridge figure between social movements through her advocacy for both women’s and civil rights. Her efforts were critical to retaining “sex” in Title VII, a fundamental legal protection for women against employment discrimination. After decades of work for black civil rights, her vision for a civil rights association for women became the National Organization for Women (NOW).”

Link to full DOI Press Release

The nomination of the Pauli Murray Family Home was a collaborative effort of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, the Pauli Murray Project, an initiative of the DHRC @ FHI, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Fearnbach History Services.

National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. The purpose of NHL designation is to ensure that stories of nationally important historic events, places, or persons are recognized and preserved for the benefit of all citizens. Today, just over 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. Public input, collected in the form of support letters, is an important component of a successful nomination. More information is available here:

Mayme Webb-Bledsoe, board chair of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice

“We are thrilled to be named a National Historic Landmark and this designation recognizes Pauli Murray as the nationally significant human rights champion she was. Our goal is a visitor ready historic site in 2020 focused on history, arts, education and activism, where learning and thoughtful discussion that advances Pauli’s vision for an inclusive America takes place.”

Barbara Lau director of the Pauli Murray Project/DHRC @ FHI and board member of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice

“The National Historic Landmark designation sparks support for our work to connect histories of women, African Americans and LGBTQ folk that are often invisible with activism focused on today’s issues of justice and equity. We want to positively impact the community and nurture the next generation of Pauli Murrays.”

Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

“Pauli Murray was an accomplished human rights activist, historian, attorney, poet, and teacher who believed in justice, reconciliation, and freedom. And yet her deep and far-reaching legacy has been mostly obscured and unheralded. Honoring her childhood home as a National Historic Landmark is a vital step toward ensuring her many contributions are never forgotten. This recognition will energize our efforts to reopen the home as a center for history and social justice and bring greater attention to Pauli Murray’s legal scholarship and activism against discrimination.”


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