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The Chapel Hill Historical Society presents Kim Smith speaking on the topic of “Five Orange County African-American Families Remembered: Harriet Smith and the Smith, Fitzgerald, Morphis, Kirby, and Toole Descendants”
February 19 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree
The Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray’s memoir, Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family, chronicles the lives of her Orange County grandparents. Her grandfather Robert Fitzgerald was a free man who became a notable Durham brick-maker. Her grandmother Cornelia Smith was an enslaved woman unconventionally reared alongside her sisters in their white aunt’s Orange County plantation home. History has overlooked Cornelia’s siblings and their mother, Harriet. Their captivating narratives reveal how freed African-American families lived in post-Civil War North Carolina. Join us and Kim Smith for a talk that re-introduces remarkable members of the largely forgotten Smith, Fitzgerald, Morphis, Kirby, and Toole families.
Kim has spent three years exploring historical archives and other sources in five states to unearth Pauli Murray’s family tree. She has established a web-based initiative called Roots to Limbs.
Historical Society programs are free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.
The Chapel Hill Historical Society is located on the bottom floor of the Chapel Hill Public Library at 100 Library Drive. The presentation will take place in Meeting Room B on the main floor.