Lyda Moore Merrick (1890–1987)
Founder of the Merrick/Washington Magazine for the Blind
“My father passed the torch to me, which I have never let go out. We are blessed to serve.”
“I was destined to do this. It was in my heart and in my lap, and I did the best I could day by day.”
Lyda Merrick by birth and by marriage was a member of one of the most prominent families in Durham, regarded as the black capital of the state. Her father and her father in-law were among the founders of the NC Mutual Life Insurance Company. Lyda Moore were educated at Scotia Seminary and graduated magna cum laude from Fisk University. As a wife, mother, and community leader, she used her considerable resources of mind and heart to help others, especially in her work for the blind.