John Chavis Memorial Park was built in Raleigh in 1937 for the local and regional Black population as a “separate but equal” recreational facility. People traveled from as far as Virginia and South Carolina to use the park because there were few resources of this size and quality open to African Americans during segregation. As one of the few places Blacks could gather together in public during the period of segregation, John Chavis Memorial Park became a significant and special place to the local, regional, and even national Black community. Many community members and neighbors have powerful stories about the park’s impact on their lives and on their community.
Nomad Studio is partnering with Signature Design to develop a comprehensive interpretive plan and new exhibits at John Chavis Memorial Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. The planning process includes significant stakeholder and community engagement to ensure stories align with the community’s vision for the park.
Historical image courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.