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Another Memorial Marker Returns (Sort of)

The marker above denoting the birthplace of President Andrew Johnson hasn’t recently returned, but I don’t think it has been here for that long either. According to Raleigh Boy, it was originally located in front of the Ambadassor Theater at the north end of the 100 block of Fayetteville Street and was removed in the mid-1970s during the conversion of that street into a pedestrian mall.
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Wake Court House Memorial Marker Returns

Within the past couple of weeks, the giant stone housing a memorial marker denoting the location of the first Court House of Wake County has returned to its original location at the front of Bloomsbury Estates condos. It has been absent throughout the construction procress likely to avoid any possible unintended damage that could have occurred during that time. This is the second such marker to note the historical significance of this area. The first, located on the corner of Boylan Avenue and Morgan Street, marks the area known as Bloomsbury–the namesake of the condos nearing completion near the Boylan Wye.

The inscription reads:

First Court House for Wake County. Built – 1771. The first Court House, Prison, and Stocks for Wake County stood in this area. Erected by The Wake County Historical Society – 1983 –

Marking the Historic Neighborhood of Idlewild

This past Thursday while waiting for (a very delicious) Thanksgiving dinner at the home of some friends of mine, I decided to walk down to Big John’s Community Grocery, which is on the corner of Edenton Street and Idlewild Avenue. It’s within eyesight of their front porch, and I’ve witnessed some interesting activity there for some time. Curiosity got the better of me, so I decided to walk down to the store and talk to some of the people hanging around outside. While on my way there, I noticed the historic ground marker above.

The inscription reads:

Idlewild Neighborhood, 1891. Idlewild Avenue is the center of Idlewild, an early area of African-American home ownership named after the Battle Family Estate on Cotton Place south of New Bern Avenue. The Raleigh Land and Improvement Company subdivided Idlewild, and the neighborhood grew in the early twentieth century. Bounded by Swain St. on west, Oakwood Avenue on north, Tarboro Road on east, and Edenton Street on south.

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