Historic Equity Walking Tour

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The Historic Equity Tour will show you attractions and people that have played a part in championing equity for all people. 

Cost: Free, self-guided
Getting around: Walk or bikeshare
Starting point: Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury St., Raleigh, 
Tour distance: 2.4 miles 
Duration: 50 minutes walking; 19 minutes biking 
Full Audio tour: Available 

Interactive Map

Use this interactive map to see the tour. Click on any of the sites on the map to see a description of the attraction and/or listen to the audio description. You can also view and download a PDF version of the map


The tour highlights seven places to visit that are a part of Raleigh's history in becoming a more equitable, inclusive city. Sites include: Shaw University and the Warehouse District. 

aerial shot of the Raleigh Convention Center at twilight

Stop 1: Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
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Welcome to the Historic Equity Tour! The following places to visit are a part of Raleigh's history to become a more inclusive city. 

Exterior of Leonard Medical Center

Stop 2: Leonard Medical Center 
118 E. South St. 
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The Leonard Medical Center at Shaw University was the first four-year medical program in the U.S. It's now called Leonard Hall. 

Exterior of Estey Hall

Stop 3: Estey Hall, Shaw University 
721 S. Wilmington St. 
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Ella Baker, an African-American civil rights and human rights activist, was a Shaw University alumna and studied here in Estey Hall. 

Sign outside the City Cemetery site

Stop 4: City Cemetery 
17 S. East St. 
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Established in 1872, the City Cemetery once was the only public burying ground in in Raleigh.

Black and white photo of "Black Main Street" including M&F Bank

Stop 5: Mechanic & Farmers Bank, Black Main Street
13 E. Hargett St. 
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This area was developed as a commercial district and the Black Main Street of downtown Raleigh in the 1910s and 1920s.

Wall mural outside of Legends Nightclub in Warehouse District

Stop 6: Legends Nightclub, Warehouse District
330 W Hargett St.  
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The Warehouse District is a growing area of galleries, businesses, restaurants and nightlife that have been a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community for many years. Legends Nightclub has been a staple for the community since the early 1990s. 

All Are Welcome Raleigh Mural at night

Stop 7: All Are Welcome Raleigh Mural 
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 was commissioned and led by chef Ashley Christensen as a way to promote equality for the LGBTQ+ community.

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