DCL old bldg

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 an organization dedicated to lifting up stories about African Americans, both current and historical, to help create a more comprehensive picture of the American experience. The organization currently manages two writing projects, Merrick/Washington Magazine for the Blind and the Aaron McDuffie Moore biography project.

DCL, Inc. was established in 1913 by Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore as a nonprofit organization to manage the Durham Colored Library facility and staff. The physical library, which was renamed the Stanford L. Warren library in 1940, remained under DCL, Inc.’s management until 1969 when the Durham County Public library system was integrated and absorbed the Stanford L. Warren library into its network. The DCL, Inc. nonprofit continues to function today producing literary projects about Black history and culture.