Photo: First Durham Colored Library building, donated by John Merrick and located at the corner of Fayetteville and Pettigrew streets.
Durham Colored Library, Inc. (DCL, Inc.) is one of Durham’s oldest non-profit organizations – dedicated to the mission of “lifting up stories about African Americans, both current and historical, to help create a more comprehensive picture of the American experience.”
The DCL, Inc. nonprofit, now no longer continues to function today producing literary projects about Black history and culture. The longest standing project is publishing the Merrick/Washington Magazine. Another project is producing a funding the biography about DCL, Inc.’s founder Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore.
Over 100 years ago, DCL, Inc. was founded and chartered in 1918 At that time, its board functioned to oversee the management of the Durham Colored Library’s facilities and staff. The historic Durham Colored Library system remained under DCL, Inc.’s management until 1969 when the Durham County Public library system was integrated and absorbed the Stanford L. Warren branch, as well as DCL’s other branches and bookmobile, into the newly integrated public library system
The historic Stanford L. Warren facility is standing today as a branch of the Durham Public Library system.