The Pope House Museum, at 511 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, is the only African-American house museum in the State of North Carolina.
It offers a glimpse into the life of one of Raleigh’s most intriguing citizens, Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope, who was the only African-American man to run for mayor of a Southern capital in the midst of the Jim Crow Era.
The house, built in 1901, features original furnishings to the family and many historical artifacts, giving insight into a remarkable man and family.
The Pope House Museum announces a new exhibit, “A Family Story: Images of the Pope House Museum,” opening Saturday, February 6th, 2021.
This exhibit explores African-American photography through the Pope House Museum’s collection. The images ranging from tintypes of the late 19th century to Polaroid photos and cover the life of Dr. Manassa T. Pope, one of North Carolina’s first black doctors, and his family from 1880-1999.
Tours are available:
- Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.
- Tours are by appointment only, must be scheduled at least 30 minutes prior to the tour, and will be limited to a family group or 5 people. Call the City of Raleigh Museum to reserve your tour at 919-996-2220.
- Visitors must submit to a wellness check and wear either a mask or a face shield to enter. Between each tour, the museum will be cleaned in preparation for the next group.
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