Activist's childhood home named a national treasure

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Posted: Apr 04, 2015 10:41 AM
Activist's childhood home named a national treasure

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The childhood home of a woman who was an activist, attorney, professor, author and the first black woman to be a priest in the Episcopal Church has been named a national treasure.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation named the Durham home of Pauli Murray a national treasure. No money is attached to the designation, which comes with staff time from the trust and a prestige that could attract donors.

Murray moved to Durham in 1914 to live with her maternal grandparents. She's best known among legal scholars for applying the constitutional right of equal protection to women. Among those she influenced is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Barbara Lau of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center says it will cost an estimated $450,000 to get the home ready for visitors.