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Pope House Museum

Historical Resources and Museum Program

Last Modified: May 03, 2013
The Pope House on Wilmington Street
The Pope House on Wilmington Street
 
A glimpse inside the Pope House
A glimpse inside the Pope House
 
Pope House Museum at night
Pope House Museum at night
 
Dr. Pope during the Spanish American War
Dr. Pope during the Spanish American War
 

The Pope House Museum, built in 1901, is located in downtown Raleigh mere blocks away from the capitol building.

Location

511 South Wilmington Street, 27601| Get Directions
Phone: 919-996-2220

Site Features & Hours

Hours:

  • Saturday 10am-3pm
  • Tours start at the top of each hour
  • Last tour starts at 2pm

Site Features:

  • Admission is free
  • Tours are guided
  • Original Artifacts
  • Centrally Located in downtown Raleigh

History

Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope

As the only African-American house museum in the state of North Carolina, the Pope House 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 features original furnishings to the family and many historical artifacts giving insight into a remarkable man and family.

Read more history about:

The Pope Family | The Pope House

Rentals

The Pope House is not currently available for rentals.

Events & Exhibits

Ongoing: The Pope House Museum is open for regular tours every Saturday as well as for special group tours via appointment by contacting Kimberley Puryear.   

Volunteering

Volunteers are an essential part of the Historical Resources and Museums Program. If you are interested in volunteering at the Pope House contact Kimberly Puryear and visit the HRMP Volunteer Page.

Membership

As a member you will help revitalize and preserve North Carolina's history. You will also enjoy cross program perks at the City of Raleigh Museum, The Raleigh Trolley, Mordecai Historic Park, Borden, Tucker, and Pope House Museum.

There are many perks:

· Free admission to select site and museum events

· Free admission for select tours

· Free admission to select lectures

· Free admission to Mordecai Historic Park

· Free admission to City of Raleigh Museum

· 10% gift shop discount at Mordecai and City Museum

· 10% discount on all site rentals

· The Raleigh Register Program Newsletter

You can join the COR Museum Friends Group or the Mordecai Square Association; perks convey to each.


Artifacts

Dr. Pope's sword from the Spanish American War and his sword from the Knights of Pythias brotherhood

Dating to the 1860s, the Pope House Museum Collection totals over 3,000 artifacts which give insight into the life of one of the leading African-American families in Raleigh in the early 1900s. From Dr. Pope's father's freedman papers to his voter registration card to his original doctor's bag from the Spanish-American War, the collection boasts a wide range of material culture.

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