Daily Archives: May 31, 2011

Memorial Day at a historic cemetery in Durham

“I thought, ‘This symbolizes the legacy of the Jim Crow South.'”

— Dr. Phil Rubio, on the deteriorated condition of the historic Fitzgerald family cemetery in Durham in the mid-1990s.

Cemeteries are some of the most tangible manifestations of history our communities have.  Several years ago, Dr. Phil Rubio, now an A&T history professor, joined the family of civil rights advocate Pauli Murray and others in restoring the family’s historic cemetery in Durham.  With Murray’s life and work getting renewed attention,  The Durham Herald-Sun commemorates Monday’s Memorial Day event at the cemetery.