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Dr. M.T. Pope House

Constructed in 1901, this house was built by Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope, North Carolina's first licensed African American doctor, and is the last remaining structure of what was once a thriving African American neighborhood. Throughout his life, Dr. Pope accomplished many notable achievements such as starting the first African American-owned pharmacy in North Carolina and the first African American-owned insurance company in the state; however, possibly his most remarkable undertaking was his unexpected and dangerous run for mayor in 1919 in the midst of the Jim Crow Era. Recently opened for free hourly tours on Saturday as the only African American historic house museum in North Carolina, the Pope House Museum tells an interesting and unique story of one of Raleigh's remarkable citizens.

Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.–3 p.m., and by appointment, raleighcitymuseum@raleighnc.gov or call 919-996-2220

The L.L. Polk House

Being of Victorian architecture, the house has been described as “gingerbread gothic.” The upper story is shingled with a low attic tower. The house was built about 1890 for Colonel L.L. Polk, who was one of North Carolina’s most prominent citizens of that day. He was part owner and publisher of The News and Observer, founder and editor of The Progressive Farmer, legislator, first Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, a leading founder of what is now North Carolina State University, and president of the then-powerful National Farmers’ Alliance and Industrial Union.

Hours: Tours by appointment only, llpolkhouse@gmail.com or call 919-285-1537.

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