Monday, April 13, 2015

Sunday Globe Special: North Carolina Treasure

I hope you treasure it more than I do:

"A new national treasure in N.C.; Activist’s home is recognized" by Martha Waggoner, Associated Press  April 05, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. — She was an activist for minorities and women, an attorney, professor, author, and eventually, the first black woman to be a priest in the Episcopal Church. She influenced some of this country’s great minds, including a Supreme Court justice.

Yet Pauli Murray’s prominence has ebbed and flowed with the times, partially because she didn’t align herself with one issue. Now that the National Trust for Historic Preservation has named her house a national treasure, those who work in her name hope that Murray’s life will once again come to the forefront of history and stay there.

‘‘She kept trying to find an organization where she could show up as a whole person,’’ said Barbara Lau, director of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center.

Murray didn’t want to choose among improving the lives of women, or blacks, or workers — she tried to help them all, Lau said.

Murray had every reason to fight for all people — the descendant of slaves and slave holders was rejected at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her great-great-grandfather had been a trustee, and from Harvard because of her gender.

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As for the rejection letter, are you sure it was real?

Her maternal grandfather, Robert Fitzgerald, built the house in 1898, and he and his wife, Cornelia, raised Murray there. The six-room house [was] considered relatively large for the neighborhood in its day, [and] now the hope is to start the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice in the house and perhaps on property beside it, Lau said....