Built shortly after 1898, Pauli's childhood home housed her grandparents and aunts. While the home is not known to be outstandingly distinguished in regards to architecture, it is uniquely positioned farther back from the road than neighboring houses. The house is two stories high, yet was more commonly referred to as "a story and a jump" due to the smallness and lack of height on the second floor. The house is most significant because of the individuals that lived there. The house was supervised by Pauli's grandfather, a blind civil war soldier, during the initial construction. The house soon became filled with a family that valued courage, education, and determination. The house became a symbol of Murray's start in becoming a scholar and human rights activist. In 2015, Barbara Lau of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute began directing the restoration project for the house.The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice will use Pauli's autobiographies in order to replicate the landscape and interior design of the home. By the year 2020, the Durham home will become a museum centered around Pauli's life, while also serving as a place for community programming.
Pauli's childhood home was purchased by the nonprofit organization The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice. The Durham residence will become the organization's new home.
The house is said to be for "the next generation of Pauli Murrays".
True community is based on upon equality, mutuality, and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity as well as the common human ties that bind us together.- Pauli Murray