Pope House Hosting 'The Doctor is In!'

News posted Jan. 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm
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The Pope House Museum will be hosting a special living history, “The Doctor is In!” Scheduled for Feb. 20, this event is free and will feature tours of the Pope House specifically tailored to its role in the history of African American medicine in Raleigh.

Located at 511 S. Wilmington St. Downtown, the Pope House has a unique role in telling the story of the rise of Black medical professionals after the Civil War. In 1886 the house’s builder, Dr. Manassa T. Pope, was one of the first graduates of the Leonard Medical School at Shaw University, the first four-year medical institution in the North Carolina. All interpreters for “The Doctor is In! will be in period dress.

On display will be the medical instruments and remedies Dr. Pope used at the turn of the century, all other fixtures in the house are original to the pope family as well. Younger visitors will be able to construct a take home craft and color Raleigh’s historic buildings. Visitors will also learn about the various hospitals for African Americans during the era of segregation and their role in the community.

Volunteers from the Country Doctor Museum will also be on hand to discuss health care in America between the late 18th century and the first half of the 20th century.

“We feel the Pope House can give visitors a snapshot of early 20th century life in a historically African American Raleigh neighborhood”, says Pope House Manager Josh Trower. The free Pope House tours will be conducted at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Pope House is operated by the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is open for tours each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


  • 511 S. Wilmington St.
  • Raleigh, NC 27601

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