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North Carolina School for the Blind and Deaf

One of the earliest public education facilities in Raleigh was the
N.C. School for the Blind and Deaf (1848) located two
blocks north-west of the capital and not located at
the Governor Morehead School.

Plaque at the main entrance to the building.

Located on 216 W. Jones St. in Raleigh

Photo courtesy of Michael Zirkle Photography
Copyright 2009 Raleigh Historic Districts Commission

Architect Frank P. Milburn designed this Chateauesque building that stands on
Caswell Square, one of the five public squares in the original 1792 plan for
Raleigh. The dormitory comprises a hip-roofed main block with parapeted
gable projections and engaged towers. The only survivor from the campus
of the first state-supported school for the blind and deaf in North Carolina, it is
currently used by the Plant Industry Division of the
North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Cornerstone located at the southeast corner.
Building is also known as the Health Building

A Chronology of North Carolina State Supported
Schools Serving the Deaf and the Blind
(as listed on page 5 of the NCSD 100th Anniversary pamphlet)

State Literary Board given funds for the
Education of deaf children and blind children.

State Literary Board issued a contract to open a
School for white deaf children in rented quarters
in Raleigh. Seven students came on opening day.
This was the ninth state operated school for deaf
Children in the country.

Legislature provided funds for building a state
school in Raleigh, name: The North Carolina
Institute for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind
(NCIDDB). Provisions for white blind not made
until 1851 with a start-up class of 12 blind students.

Under the NCIDDB administrative umbrella a
department for black deaf children and black
blind children was started in rented quarters in a
separate section of Raleigh. It was the first
school of its kind in the country.

Legislature provided funds for a new building for
black deaf children and black blind children on
South Bloodworth Street.

Legislature provided funds for a school for white
deaf children to be located in Morganton. These
students were transferred to the new school in
1894. The name of the Morganton school: The
North Carolina School for the Deaf and Dumb
(NCSDD). The new school had its own seven
member Board of Directors.

White blind children remained in Raleigh on Ashe
Avenue under the NCIDDB.

Black deaf children and black blind children
remained on South Bloodworth Street under

*The Morganton school, The North Carolina
School for the Deaf and Dumb opened its doors
to 104 white deaf students

NCIDDB corporate name changed to: The North
Carolina State School for the Blind and the Deaf.

Legislative action changed the corporate name of
The North Carolina School for the Deaf and Dumb
to The North Carolina School for the Deaf, the
name it still retains.

Legislature appropriated funds for a new plant
(school) for the black (blind children and deaf
children) department on Garner Road. Corporate
name: The North Carolina State School for the
Blind and the Deaf

Name change: The North Carolina State School
for the Blind and the Deaf to The Governor
Morehead School. (no reference was made in the
new name as to the type of students served).

Integration started: students accepted in all state
schools for the deaf or the blind, regardless of

The Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf
open in Wilson to serve the eastern part of the

Last graduating class for black deaf students and
black blind students from the Garner Road campus.

Black blind children transferred to integrated
school for the blind on Ashe Avenue.

1970 1975
Due to shortage of space at the Eastern School,
integrated deaf students continued to be served
at The Governor Morehead School facilities until
The Central North Carolina School for the Deaf
in Greensboro opened in the fall of 1975.

The Garner Road campus facilities were leased to
state agencies.

The Governor Morehead School corporate name
was transferred to the Ashe Street school which
now serves blind students.

Asterisked items are additions to the original list:
1894 and 1916 are from
The paragraph under 1929 is believed to contain typo errors
in both the NCSD 100th Anniversary pamphlet and the
NCSD Museum's webpage. The words in
question are in Italics.

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