Activist priest’s home will be restored in her honor
From the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer
Several Durham organizations have pooled resources to buy and renovate the childhood home of Pauli Murray, a civil rights leader who became the first black woman ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church.
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Murray, born in 1910, was raised in Durham by her maternal grandparents and wrote a memoir, “Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family,” that vividly described life in the West End neighborhood of the 1910s.
She went on to graduate first in her class from Howard University’s law school, advised former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt on civil rights and was ordained in 1976. She celebrated her first communion at Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, where her grandmother had been baptized as a slave.