Constructed in 1937 as a “separate but equal” recreation facility in Raleigh, John Chavis Memorial Park has stood witness to the changing landscape of civil rights in the region and the U.S. South. In 2016, the National Park Service recognized the park’s value by adding it to the National Register of Historic Places. Following that designation, the City of Raleigh elected to renovate the park.
Throughout the renovated park, interpretive exhibits highlight the experiences of the Black community during the park’s 84-year history. WithersRavenel assisted Signature Design Collaborative with the implementation of the interpretive plan, John Chavis Park — Past to Present, that shares the park’s history and its enduring value to the surrounding African American community and the people of Raleigh.
WithersRavenel provided permitting and design review assistance for the cultural interpretive exhibit. Installation of the approved signage was completed in phases.