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U.S. History Topics » Ethnic Groups » African Americans

An American Success Story: The Pope House of Raleigh, NC

tells the story of Manassa Pope, the first black man to receive a medical license in North Carolina (1886). After practicing medicine and helping establish a drug store and insurance company in Charlotte, Pope moved his family to Raleigh. There he continued his medical practice, built an elegant house (equipped with the latest technologies) located in the best place allowed for a black family in a segregated city. He later ran for mayor. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Interesting Fact:

In the aftermath of the Civil War, black and white southerners struggled to renegotiate their roles in a society fundamentally changed by the abolition of slavery. African Americans looked for ways to enjoy their newfound freedom, assert their independence, and exercise their rights as American citizens.
Members of the African-American Third N.C. Regiment at their encampment near Macon, Georgia, 1899. (Courtesy of the Pope House Museum Foundation, Raleigh, NC)

African-American 3rd NC regiment

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