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Durham County Library Presents a Pauli Murray Program on Harriet Smith

Program: Pauli Murray Program: Harriet Smith
Date: Thursday, Nov. 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham, NC 27701
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library presents a Pauli Murray Program on Harriet Smith at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 3 at Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. in downtown Durham. This event is free and open to the public.

Pauli Murray’s 1956 memoir Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family chronicles her grandmother Cornelia Smith—a slave reared alongside her sisters in their white aunt’s Orange County plantation home—and her free, brick-making Fitzgerald family in Durham. In a lecture and exhibit focused on Harriet’s remarkable family, Duke University Graduate Liberal Studies scholar Kim Smith reintroduces noteworthy members of the Smith, Fitzgerald, Morphis, Kirby and Toole families.

This program is sponsored by the Pauli Murray Project and the Durham Library Foundation. For more information, call 919-560-0268 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: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or


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