Preservation North Carolina: 2019 Fall Symposium

A Shared Legacy: Reflections on PNC's New Headquarters November 7-8 | Raleigh, NC
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Nearly 3 years ago, Preservation NC began a journey to move its Headquarters Office to 2 important landmarks surviving from historic Oberlin Village. Built by former slaves, the Hall and Graves-Fields Houses are 2 of only 5 Oberlin structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Come network, learn and celebrate their renovation at our fall symposium at Shaw University, November 7-8. An exciting slate of educational sessions, keynote speakers, tours and a party (or two)!

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Symposium Highlights:

  • BENDING THE ARC: WILLIS GRAVES JR. AND THE PURSUIT OF JUSTICE: This original short play, commissioned by Preservation NC from award-winning playwright and poet, Howard Craft, will explore the Raleigh roots of Willis Graves Jr.’s dogged pursuit of justice for African Americans as a civil rights attorney during the 1920s-1950s in Detroit. The play will highlight the inspiration for his commitment to justice: his father, Willis Graves Sr., builder of the Graves-Fields House who was heavily involved in social justice causes in Raleigh, and ran for the NC House of Representatives in 1898.
  • PRESERVATION AND ITS ROLE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE: Historian Dr. Tom Hanchett examines segregation and housing policy in the US and its impact in North Carolina, paralleling the powerful book, The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein.
  • MARION S. COVINGTON KEYNOTE: President and Founder of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), Arthur Ziegler Jr., shares how PHLF has navigated complex projects successfully. Throughout Zeigler’s fifty-plus year tenure, PHLF has been at the forefront of preservation groups that are actively engaged in both downtown revitalization and affordable housing.

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