Self-Guided * 2.5 Miles * Outdoors
This self-guided tour in Southwest Central Durham will walk you through key locations in Pauli Murray’s life in her neighborhood while visiting Murals of her. The tour can be done by foot, bike, or car.
Murray was a lawyer, a writer, an educator, a civil and women’s rights activist, and the first African-American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest. Her inspiring personality was formed in Durham’s West End neighborhood.
Among the landmarks you will find on the map are her childhood home, which is now becoming the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, the church where Pauli’s parents got married, the Fitzgerald Family Cemetery, and murals of her.
The murals were an effort of a community art project – Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life. More than 1500 people from the community were involved in the creation of the murals between 2007-2009. Each painting exhibits Murray at different times in her life with a quote of her. The project was led by Barbara Lau, the Executive Director of Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice Courtney Reid-Eaton, director of exhibitions at the Center for Documentary Studies, and the artist Brett Cook.