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Black Main Street

  • E. Hargett St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601

From Fayetteville St. to Moore Square, E. Hargett St. developed as a commercial district and the black main street of downtown Raleigh in the 1910s and 1920s. Its brick buildings housed the offices of African-American doctors, lawyers, pharmacists and real estate developers as well as barbershops and retailers. The heart of the street was the 1921 Lightner Arcade, and another anchor was the Mechanics and Farmers Bank, an institution that remains today as M&F Bank.

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Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

421 Fayetteville St., Ste. 1505  
Raleigh, NC 27601   1.800.849.8499

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