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Former Lightner Arcade

  • 130 E. Hargett St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601

Built in 1921 by builder and businessman Calvin Lightner, the arcade was the heart of downtown Raleigh’s black main street and a hub for African-American social life during segregation. The building housed a barber college and shop, drugstore, hotel, newspaper and restaurant. The hotel itself was one of few places for black travelers to lodge between Florida and Washington, D.C., and it welcomed the period’s notables such as Count Basie and Duke Ellington. The arcade burned in 1968.


  • African American Owned:
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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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