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Uncover Over 150 Years of History During From Plantation to Park

The City of Raleigh Museum will unveil 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.

From Plantation to Park explores four perspectives on the land known as Dix Hill. 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.

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. Come on out and experience history!

Even though The Heights at La Salle Apartments in Durham, North Carolina provides you with all of the comfort, convenience, and entertainment you could possibly desire, we encourage our residents to venture outside of our apartment community and explore all that the city has to offer!

Event Time/Date:
Friday, November 30, 2018—9:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville Street Suite 100
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

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