The City of Raleigh Museum has unveiled a new permanent exhibit about the history of Dorothea Dix Park, titled From Plantation to Park: The Story of Dix Hill. The exhibit, a joint venture with the Dix Park Conservancy, explores the long history and future of Raleigh’s newest park. Check it out this Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m.!
From Plantation to Park explores four perspectives on the land known as Dix Hill. The story begins with the earliest Native American, African, and European inhabitants and continues with the experience of its mental health patients, starting in 1856 at the then-named North Carolina Insane Asylum. These perspectives are brought to life through patient artwork, video segments, and items used over the hospital’s 150-year history.
Also profiled in the exhibit are the nurses and hospital staff, who forged a close-knit community in service to the mentally ill. Unique to the exhibit is the ability for the public to leave their own audio recordings of Dorothea Dix stories, which will become part of its preserved history.
Lastly, the public will be able to see the latest redevelopment plans for the 308-acre park as the City of Raleigh envisions the future of Dix Hill as the “next great American city park.” Located less than a mile from downtown Raleigh, the Dorothea Dix Hospital was essentially a city within a city, sourcing its own food and power. Its last patient departed more than five years ago.
Learn more about Raleigh’s upcoming project and the history backing it at From Plantation to Park: The Story of Dix Hill. This new Dix Park exhibit replaces Our War: Voices of Raleigh’s World War II Veterans, which was installed in honor of D-Day. Visitors can view the free exhibit through 2020. For more information, please visit www.cityofraleighmuseum.org.
Are you growing weary of life’s monotony? This means you need to break away from your daily routine. The friendly management team at The Heights at La Salle Apartments in Durham, North Carolina encourages you to add a little something special to your day by attending this event!
Saturday, October 26, 2019—9:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville Street Suite 100
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601