Centennial

Centennial Hall of Fame

Many nominations have been for citizens prominent in Raleigh’s early history. A Centennial Hall of Fame has been established to honor them.

Samuel A. Ashe

Founder of The News & Observer.

Kemp Battle

Raleigh historian and President of the University of North Carolina following the Civil War.

A. G. Bauer

Architect whose works include the Executive Mansion, Labor Building and Crocker-Capehart House.

William Boylan

Editor of the Minerva, one of Raleigh’s first newspapers and one of the commissioners who oversaw the rebuilding of the State Capitol.

Thomas Briggs

Supplier of building materials during Reconstruction for some of Raleigh’s grandest buildings and homes in Raleigh’s first suburb, Oakwood.

Henry Jerome Brown

Founder in 1836 of what is now known as Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, the oldest continuously operating business in Raleigh.

Duncan Cameron

Served as a commissioner on the rebuilding of the State Capitol, bought the bankrupt Episcopal Boys School and donated it to become St. Mary’s School, and provided the land for his freed slaves to establish Oberlin Village.

John Chavis

An African American teacher and minister, was a noted educator who taught whites during the day and blacks in the evening.

Lawrence M. Cheek

Founder of the Raleigh Independent newspaper, known today as The Carolinian, was a champion of African-American rights in the early 1900s and ran for a seat on the Raleigh City Council in 1919.

Bishop Henry Bear Delany

Delany was ordained in The Episcopal Church in 1889. His ministry included the entire state of NC with parts of SC and Virginia where he was a church planter. The churches he planted not only served as places of worship for African Americans, they also served  the needs of the people. 

Dorothea Dix

Advocate for the mentally ill, successfully lobbied the North Carolina legislature for a mental hospital.

Joseph Gales

Editor of the Raleigh Register, the most important of Raleigh’s early newspapers and also a commissioner who oversaw the rebuilding of the State Capitol.

John Haywood

Raleigh’s first “intendant” (mayor) and the state’s first elected treasurer for 40 years.

Andrew Johnson

Seventeenth President of the United States.

Joel Lane

“Father of Wake County”, persuaded the General Assembly to purchase a tract of his land to become Raleigh.

Lunsford Lane

A former slave, bought his freedom and became a successful businessman and leading abolitionist.

General John Logan

A Union officer, kept Raleigh from being burned in the final days of the Civil War.

Jane Simpson McKimmon, LLD

Champion for continuing education, role model and mentor for women’s leadership, counselor to two governors, and driving force behind the development of the Home Demonstration Program in North Carolina.

William McPheeters

The first pastor for the City of Raleigh and founder of First Presbyterian Church.

George Washington Mordecai

Businessman, president of the State Bank of North Carolina and prominent civic leader.

William Nichols

The state architect who designed the renovations to the first State House, the Mordecai addition to the Henry Lane House (now known as Mordecai) and introduced the Greek revival architectural style throughout eastern North Carolina.

Berry O’Kelly

First postmaster of the Method community, co-founder of Mechanics & Farmers Bank, and philanthropist who supported endeavors for African-Americans.

William Peace

A businessman and philanthropist, donated eight acres of land and $10,000 to establish Peace Institute.

Leonidas Polk

Founder of the Progressive Farmer, started the state’s Agriculture Department and led the Watauga Club whose purpose was to persuade the Legislature to establish an agriculture college (now North Carolina State University).

Dr. Manassa T. Pope

An African-American physician who courageously challenged the Jim Crow system by running for mayor of Raleigh.

Richard Stanhope Pullen

Donated the land for North Carolina State University and Pullen Park, and also responsible for Raleigh’s first tree planting campaign.

John Rex

Provided funds for the first hospital.

Dr. Hubert Ashley Royster

North Carolina’s first general surgeon and co-founder of the American Board of Surgery and American College of Surgeons.

Reverend Aldert Smedes

President of Raleigh’s oldest school, Saint Mary’s, and through his efforts one the few to remain open throughout the Civil War.

Hannah Casso Stewart

Daughter of innkeeper Peter Casso, is credited as being a heroine of three Raleigh fires, including the one that destroyed the State House in 1831.

Rufus S. Tucker

First president of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Henry Martin Tupper, Doctor of Divinity

Dr. Henry Tupper was the Founder, builder and creator of Shaw University in 1865. Shaw was the first university established for African-Americans following the end of the Civil War and the oldest historically black college in the south.