Goodnight Raleigh - a look at the art, architecture, history, and people of the city at night

Goodbye and Goodnight, Raleigh!

The first photo published to this blog – a multi-exposure photo of myself taken at the Municipal Building in 2005

After more than five years of writing about and taking photographs of a city I’m in love with, it’s time for me to wind down my contributions to this blog.

I’ve made Raleigh home for the past eight years, but will soon call somewhere else home. This means that I can no longer continue posting here on a regular basis, and I’m turning over Goodnight Raleigh to our long time Editor and Historian, Raleigh Boy.

Although I’ve often thought about living life elsewhere in America, I didn’t expect it to happen so soon. I have a backlog of posts and stories to tell, mainly involving the beautiful and unique architecture we have here. An unexpected change in job status and a new opportunity occured at the end of 2012, and now is the time for me to go.

I took this photo of Fayetteville Street (Mall) in 2004 not long after moving here. Then there were no people, it was full of trees and fountains, and it had this Sir Walter Raleigh statue.

Just some photos I take of Downtown Raleigh

What started out as an experiment in 2007 to discover my new city became a place of reference and communication, with at least one tangible benefit to the community — the Color Wall restoration — and several other awareness campaigns. Our readers have thoughtful discussion and many folks have been reunited with long lost friends through article comments. No longer just pictures I take, it’s a place with four regular contributors and many other occasional contributors with their own perspective on our city.

Our readers have taught me so much, provided sources for so many stories, challenged dubious assertions, and greatly contributed to telling the narrative of Raleigh past and present.

Goodnight Raleigh’s New Publisher

I am very happy to announce that our Editor has accepted my offer of promotion to Publisher of Goodnight Raleigh.

Raleigh Boy in the Heck-Andrews House

Raleigh Boy will continue to tell the stories of Raleigh beyond his weekly ‘Flashback Friday‘ column. Raleigh Boy is the definitive Raleigh historian, and I can’t think of anyone else better suited to run this blog.

A Team of Highly Talented Photographers

We also have two other regular contributors, renowned photographers Bryan Regan and Ian F.G. Dunn. Both add a beautiful and distinct perspective and it is my hope they both continue contributing here.

Not Quite Goodbye, More Like ‘Until Next Time’

This isn’t my final post–I have hundreds of photos of Raleigh that I’ve never published, and I intend to occasionally contribute here in the future. I’ll stay on board for technical support and continue to maintain the site. Additionally, my brother and closest friends live here–so I will maintain strong ties to Raleigh.

Thank you for being a part of this community, and thank you for helping me learn about our truly unique and beautiful city.

Until next time,

John Morris
Former Publisher, Goodnight Raleigh


Discuss Raleigh

  • Recent Comments:

    • www.youtube.com: Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a...
    • Mary: I never saw Hugh Morson school, having only been born in 1964, but your demolition photos break my heart .....
    • Jeri Lewis: My husband has a 1927, 1937 and 1952 Oakleaf. His name is William Holt Lewis, Jr. or Bill Lewis.
    • Jeri Lewis: Have a 1937 Oakleaf year book with Rachael Edwards name listed as a sub-freshman class. There is a...
    • SClapp: My grandfather, Orin Honeycutt, was a clerk (night clerk) at the hotel in the late 1920′s :)
    • R. Hutchins: Jim Boyette and I were at Morson at the same time. One thing I haven’t seen anyone here mention is...
    • R. Hutchins: I think Chris Hunter’s recollection might need refreshing – or mine does. I was at Morson....
    • R. Hutchins: Howdy, Tim! I remember Reginald Jarvis Proctor very well indeed. He was boys counselor when I has at...


  •