2017 Triangle Design Award Winner

Celebrating freedom and the African American experience.

The Park will honor the African American experience and struggle for freedom in North Carolina. Featuring an award winning design by internationally recognized architect Phil Freelon, the park is projected to be completed in 2020.


“The North Carolina Freedom Park eloquently states the costs of freedom and reflects the glory of achieving freedom. I will use whatever power and influence I can to move us forward into the bright light and sunshine when every one of us understands the struggles of the past and can say that we are happy to be free.”– John Hope Franklin (b. 1915- d. 2009), Renowned Historian and Winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Honorary Chair, North Carolina Freedom Park Advisory Board


The North Carolina Freedom Park will celebrate the enduring contributions of African Americans in North Carolina who struggled to gain freedom and enjoy full citizenship. It will tell the inspirational story, in the words of Dr. John Hope Franklin, “of slavery and freedom, humanity and inhumanity, democracy and its denial….tragedy and triumph, suffering and compassion, sadness and joy.”

The Park will serve as a testament of truth about our past and a beacon of optimism about our future. It will represent the values of “freedom for all” and be a vibrant place for cultural enlightenment and thoughtful reflection.


The Park will be constructed on a central one-acre site in the Capital City of Raleigh, between the State Legislature and the Governor’s Mansion, on State property

After construction by the Park’s non-profit corporation, the Park will be gifted to the State, likely to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources for maintenance

The Council of State granted a gratuitous 10- year lease of this prime property (est. value approximately $6.0 million) for constructing the Park with a timeline for raising the construction funds by the end of 2017 and completion of the Park by 2020

Fundraising goal $5.0 million: design and construction – $3.0 million; administration, campaign costs, educational programming prior to completion – $0.5 million; upkeep and programming endowment subsequent to completion – $1.5 million. Capital fund raising has begun in 2017 with silent phase

Meet The Artist

Architect: Phil Freelon

The North Carolina Freedom Park board is proud to collaborate with Phil Freelon and his team of colleagues at Perkins+Will. Freelon’s design achievements include cultural, civic and academic projects for some of America’s most respected cultural institutions. Freelon led the design team for the recently dedicated $500M Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington DC. In Spring of 2016, his design was chosen for the North Carolina Freedom Park.

In Spring of 2017, the North Carolina Freedom Park’s designer, Phil Freelon and his colleagues at Perkins+Will received a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects Triangle Section for the project’s design.


HELP BUILD THE PARK: $5 Million Goal

Welcome to the online hub of the North Carolina Freedom Park project. We are a nonprofit dedicated to building a public sculpture park in downtown Raleigh to commemorate historic and on-going struggles for freedom in North Carolina. This park provides a beautiful space in the heart of the state capitol where people can reflect on the past through the sculptural elements, rest and recreate in the present, and be inspired for the future. We need YOU to help us make this dream a reality. Click on one of the links to learn more and get involved today!