John Chavis Memorial Park and Community Center

  • Address: 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.831.6989


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. Hours: Daily, sunrise-sunset (except carousel, Fri.-Sat., 11am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm).