Burning Coal Theatre (originally known as Davner Theatricals) is preparing to restore the portico of our home, the historic Murphey School auditorium in downtown Raleigh. The iconic columns and façade on the north side are in urgent need of renovation.
We have recieved a grant of $42,500 from the City of Raleigh, and raised another $13,500 from over 100 community members like you!
Play Your Part
We've got $10,000 left to raise, and are due to start renovations in April. That's not much time, but with YOUR SUPPORT this historic building will stand tall for another 100 years. #ShoreUpTheBuilding by playing your part, and donating what you can.
History Worth Sharing
Burning Coal is the steward of this space and it is our primary location, but it is also home to numerous church events, school performances, weddings and arts performances.
The Murphey School was originally built in 1908 as an elementary school. In 1960 it gained historic importance when the school board met there and voted to desegregate Raleigh schools. That Fall, it became the first integrated school in Raleigh. Now, Burning Coal ensures this legacy is remembered and properly commemorated as a part of its not-for-profit mission.
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