Leaders of Raleigh Walking Tour


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Throughout nine stops, you will get to know leaders who have made an impact here in the City of Oaks. Sites include: Shaw University, the North Carolina State Capitol and the Joel Lane Museum House. 

Cost: Free, self-guided
Getting around: Walk or bikeshare
Starting point: Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh
Tour distance: 3.6 miles 
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes walking; 31 minutes biking 
Full Audio tour: Available
 

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During the Leaders of Raleigh tour, you will learn about key figures in Raleigh's history. Sites include: Leonard Medical Center at Shaw University, the North Carolina State Capitol, and the Joel Lane Museum House. 

aerial shot of the Raleigh Convention Center at twilight

Stop 1: Raleigh Convention Center
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500 S. Salisbury Street
Welcome to the Leaders of Raleigh Tour, where you will get to know leaders who have made an impact here in the City of Oaks.

Exterior of Leonard Medical Center

Stop 2: Leonard Medical Center 
118 E. South St. 
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The Leonard Medical Center was named after Judson Wade Leonard, a key benefactor of the Shaw University. It was the first four-year medical program in the U.S. 

Exterior of Estey Hall

Stop 3: Estey Hall, Shaw University 
721 S. Wilmington St. 
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Ella Baker, an African-American civil right and human rights activist, was a Shaw University alumna and studied here in Estey Hall, the first building constructed in the U.S. for the higher education of African-American women.

The birthplace of Andrew Johnson

Stop 4: Andrew Johnson's Birthplace 
123 Fayetteville St. 
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President Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States and was born near this marker. 

Exterior of North Carolina State Capitol

Stop 5: North Carolina State Capitol 
1 East Edenton St. 
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The North Carolina State Capitol has been the active capitol building of the state since it opened in 1840. It is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture.

Old photo of Henry Clay Oak Historical Marker

Stop 6: Henry Clay Oak Historical Marker 
407 N Blount St.   
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This marker was set to commemorate when aspiring presidential candidate Henry Clay penned a letter called the "Raleigh Letter" to oppose a potential war with Mexico over the annexation of Texas in 1844. 

Burke Square sign outside of Governor's mansion

Stop 7: Governor's Mansion 
200 N. Blount St.
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The North Carolina Executive Mansion is the official residence of the Governor of North Carolina and their family.

Exterior of Joel Lane Museum House

Stop 8: Joel Lane Museum House 
160 S. St. Mary’s Street
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Joel Lane, a local statesman, politician, landowner, patriot, and slaveholder is called “The Father of Raleigh” because he sold 1,000 acres of his land to the state in 1792, on which to build the new capital of North Carolina.

All Are Welcome Raleigh Mural at night

Stop 9: All Are Welcome Raleigh Murual 
428 S. McDowell St. 
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Created by artist Luke Buchanan, the "All Are Welcome Raleigh" mural, welcomes visitors to Downtown Raleigh along a highly trafficked thoroughfare. 

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