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John Chavis Memorial Park NR Jan 2016


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presentation to Raleigh NC Central CAC 2/1/16

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John Chavis Memorial Park NR Jan 2016

  1. 1. Chavis Park National Register Nomination
  2. 2. National Register of Historic Places The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation... part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.
  3. 3. Evaluation via North Carolina Study List Application June 12, 2014 National Register Advisory Committee (NRAC) Meeting
  4. 4. Nomination More photographs Boundary map reflecting “historic” boundaries Expanded description Expanded statement of significance
  5. 5. Significance A. That are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; or B. That are associated with the lives of significant persons in or past; or C. That embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or D. That have yielded or may be likely to yield, information important in history or prehistory.
  6. 6. Integrity “The unimpaired authenticity of a property’s historic or prehistoric identity, evidenced by surviving physical characteristics.”
  7. 7. Criterion A for entertainment/recreation, and ethnic heritage: black, and social history; and Criterion C for landscape architecture Its period of significance ranges from 1937 to 1965
  8. 8. Located in southeast Raleigh, this park of currently 26 1/2 acres was developed in 1937 as a "separate but equal" recreational facility for African Americans.
  9. 9. Built with contributions from the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and with solid backing from the local government and civic organizations, the park is one of a few segregated recreation facilities built in North Carolina during this period with federal funding confirming the complicity of the federal government with southern Jim Crow policies.
  10. 10. The park was designed by G. Robert Derick, a National Park Service landscape architect, and it retains several resources that reflect the design movement in recreational facilities to use rustic materials which has been studied by historians and named "parkitecture."
  11. 11. Despite the eventual integration of Raleigh's public facilities in the 1960s, the park has continued to be a focal point for the African American community in Raleigh.
  12. 12. 1938
  13. 13. 1940
  14. 14. 1949
  15. 15. • Happy Hill • 14th Street • Kimberly
  16. 16. What’s next? National Register Advisory Committee Meeting February 11, 2016 National Park Service