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Durham County Library Celebrates Women’s History Month with Talk on Durham’s First Female Judge

Program: Celebrate Women’s History Month: The Legacy of Judge Mamie Dowd Walker
Date: Monday, March 10
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Milo Pyne for a talk on Judge Mamie Dowd Walker, North Carolina’s first female judge, at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

Durham County established a juvenile court in 1934 and appointed Walker as judge. She served until 1949, except for a break in service from 1941 to 1942 when G. Frank Warner, former secretary of the YMCA, was appointed to replace her. Vigorous public outcry across Durham’s black and white communities ceased only when she was reinstated in 1942. Her accomplishments include establishing school safety patrols for boys and girls, black and white coordinating councils and a youth home to shelter young offenders while their cases were being studied. Her court became a model for similar courts around the country.

Pyne, Judge Walker’s grandson, has a degree in botany from North Carolina State University. He works as a senior ecologist with NatureServe, a nonprofit conservation organization whose mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. Pyne’s ground plum (Astragalus bilbullatus), an endangered species of flowering plant that grows in Tennessee’s central basin, is named for him.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Lynn Richardson at 919-560-0171 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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