Tears of Joy
- Created on 25 October 2016
- Last Updated on 25 October 2016
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National Park Service Recommends Landmark Status for Pauli Murray Home
October 24, 2016. Brenda Coakley and Chandra Guinn Board members of the Pauli Murray Center react (at right) to the unanimous vote by the National Park Service History Committee of the Secretary of the Interior's Advisory Board to recommend that the Pauli Murray family home in Durham North Carolina become a National Historic Landmark. The full Secretary of The Interior's Advisory Board will meet in Philadelphia in November. We hope—and expect—they will also support this nomination and that the Secretary of The Interior Sally Jewell will designate it a National Historic Landmark before the next presidential administration. (View the Nomination. Click on photos for larger images.)
A dozen supporters attended the committee hearing with Heather Fearnbach presenting the nomination to the committee which received her excellent presentation very well. Several committee members spoke in favor of the nomination and the requests for changes were minimal. It was a very positive and exciting experience. The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites (NCWHS) was definitely recognized for our efforts as were the Pauli Murray Center and the National Trust for Historic Preservation which has been a partner with us throughout the process, strengthening our relationships with the National Trust. The National Trust ran a petition in support of the nomination and received 2,500 signatures. In addition 35 letters were presented from NCWHS and other organizations, individuals and elected official's showing the breath and complexity of this amazing woman who so gave for all of us and whose efforts have been improved every one of our lives because of her efforts to include “sex” in the 1965 Civil Rights Act. She understood the intersection and overlap between race and gender long before anyone else, identifying it as Jane Crow which she suffered from her whole life being denied opportunities first as a Black and then as a female. She was the first African-American woman ordained an Episcopal priest an event that was the culmination of her lifelong seeking to live the Gospel. A representative from the National Organization for Women (NOW) also spoke as the Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray was a founder of NOW. She was also a poet, lawyer, historian and lifelong activist. The NHL nomination was brought under the Women’s History theme study and the LGBTQ theme study. Congrats to all and stay tuned for the next steps.
Sign Petition for the Pauli Murray Family Home National Historic Landmark Nomination
- Parent Category: Trails
- Created on 03 October 2016
- Last Updated on 28 October 2016
- Written by Maggie McClain
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The National Historic Landmark nomination form is now available for reading! Prepared by architectural historian Heather Fearnbach and Dr. Sarah Azaransky of the Union Theological Seminary, the nomination will be presented on October 18th before the National Historic Landmarks Commission. The nomination represents the culmination of a year-long collaboration between NCWHS, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice.
Update: 10/28/2016: Thank you for your support; Petition of 2500 signatures is now closed.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Lau, Pauli Murray Center
Votes for Women National Trail
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- Created on 02 August 2016
- Last Updated on 27 September 2016
- Written by Maggie McClain
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In honor of the August 26, 2020 centennial celebration of woman’s suffrage in the United States, NCWHS is leading the effort to develop a nation-wide Votes for Women Trail. The Trail will highlight the role of each state in the 72-year battle to achieve women’s suffrage. Will you join this effort?
This project is truly a grassroots effort. Each state will have a coordinator who will lead volunteers from across their state to find and to research those sites that have a history with the women’s suffrage movement. They enter that information into a comprehensive database that will be used to populate an interactive nationwide map, which will - for the first time - represent the complete story of the struggle for women’s suffrage. The ultimate objective of this project is to show how social change occurs, to honor the suffrage movement’s countless participants, and to inspire future generations to treasure their right to vote.
- Created on 19 January 2010
- Last Updated on 20 September 2016
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Women’s history is everywhere. We find, save and share the historic sites that focus on our history. No American History without Women's History: No America without Women
The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) was created in October 2001 by representatives of more than twenty historical sites linked to American women and some twenty others from organizations devoted to preserving women’s history.