In order to honor victims, patients, survivors, and their loved ones during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the historic Murphysburg residential district (generally Sergeant and Moffet from First to Seventh Streets) is going purple and pink.  Many trees that line our parkways will soon sport purple and pink ribbons during the month of October.

“We hope seeing the purple ribbons in Murphysburg will start a conversation about domestic violence, and raise awareness not only about the problem, but about where people can turn for help,” said Louise Secker, Lafayette House Development Director.  “We can help families be safe, and help them heal through counseling and other support services.”  Phone number: 417-782-1772.

During October, the Lafayette House is encouraging people to “go purple” to raise awareness of domestic violence and its impact on families in our community.  Other awareness activities will be visible in the community such as Missouri Southern State University and Kansas City University Medical School.

The Murphysburg district will also have pink ribbons—like last year—to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women.  About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.  The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early.  A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find the disease early when it is easier to treat.

“This is a call to action for all Joplin residents to make that doctor’s appointment, perform a breast self-exam, donate your time or money, or use social media to raise awareness,” said Paula Callihan, Murphysburg homeowner. “While there is no cure, we hope the pink ribbons will remind individuals that early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer.”

To learn about the architecture and history of our unique homes, visit and click on “Walking Tour.” Scroll down to see the self-guided tour map with correlating history.

About Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. – A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation of Joplin’s oldest residential neighborhood through education and community involvement.  The public can gain additional information about historic preservation and events via or