- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - An educator, civil rights activist and community leader is being honored with a North Carolina Highway Historical Marker in Durham.

The honor for Rose Butler Browne is scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Glennview Memorial Park at the intersection of N.C. Highway 55 and Riddle Road.

Browne was the first black female to graduate from Rhode Island College, now the University of Rhode Island, and to receive a doctorate in education from Harvard University.

Rose Butler Browne Hall on the campus of the University of Rhode Island campus is named for her.

The Boston native began her education career at North Carolina Central University in 1948. Gov. Terry Sanford appointed Browne to a committee studying the needs of North Carolina’s mentally challenged children.

Browne died in 1986.

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