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John Chavis Memorial Park and Community Center

  • 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    Raleigh, NC 27601

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 original 1937 carousel still can be ridden. Cost: $1 for carousel. Hours: Daily, sunrise-sunset (except carousel, Fri.-Sat., 11am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm).


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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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