Pauli Murray Exhibit in the Keller Library

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Dark Testament
Dark Testament

To celebrate International Women’s History Month, the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library is hosting an exhibit related to civil rights activist and visionary feminist, the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray. Murray was a 1976 GTS graduate and the first African American woman ordained priest in The Episcopal Church.

Drawn from the library’s Special Collections and institutional archives, the exhibit includes material  Murray donated to the library and seminary publications from the time she was a student. Of particular interest is a copy of Murray's book of poetry Dark Testament which she gave to the Rt. Rev. Paul Moore, Bishop of New York, for Christmas in 1973, four years before her ordination. The book is open to Murray's inscription: “With the prayer that someday you may be able to ordain me a Priest in our Church."

Also featured is a bound volume of Ebony magazines with Murray's annotations. This volume is open to an article about Christ’s message to the disinherited, and it shows where Murray underlined parts that were especially meaningful to her.

The exhibit is curated by Reference librarian Mary Robison, who has written a personal account of her work  for the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library Blog.