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Mamie Dowd Walker scrapbook

Identifier: NCC-0192

Scope and Contents

Photocopied scrapbook consisting primarily of newspaper clippings that concern Mamie Dowd Walker's 1942 to 1945 service as juvenile judge of Durham County.


  • 1941 - 1945

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Mamie Dowd Walker (1880-1960) was appointed judge for the first juvenile court in Durham City and County in 1934, making her the first female judge in North Carolina. She served from 1934 to 1941 and 1942 to 1949. Although not trained in law, her years of experience on the city recreation and education boards meant she was highly qualified, and her imagination and dedication won the support and affection of the entire community, black and white. When she was removed without warning in 1941 and a man appointed instead, a public outcry arose that did not stop until she was reinstated the next year. Her court became a model for others around the country.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Milo Pyne

Related Materials

Durham County Youth Home Records (NCC.0070)

Mamie Dowd Walker Scrapbook
Cale McCammon
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States