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John Chavis Memorial Park and Community Center


Address

505 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27601-2477

District

Moore Square

Hours

Mon-Sun (Dawn-Dusk); Carousel Fri-Sat (11 am-5 pm) Sun (1 pm-5 pm)

Details

Currently under renovation. Named for early 19th-century free black preacher and teacher of all races John Chavis (ca. 1762-1838), the 37-acre City of Raleigh park was opened as a recreational spot for the city’s African-American residents during segregation. It was dedicated in 1938, and the circa-1923 carousel still can be ridden. Cost: $1 for carousel.

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