Raleigh City Cemeteries Preservation, Inc.
Raleigh City Cemeteries Preservation (RCCP) is a 501C3 organization and is incorporated as a non profit in the State of North Carolina. We were established in 2006. RCCP is a partner with the City of Raleigh and others to promote and provide preservation and restoration of the three city owned historic public cemeteries:
City Cemetery, located on 7.68 acres at East, New Bern and Hargett Streets, this is the oldest public cemetery in Raleigh, established by the NC General Assembly in 1798. Burials include founding fathers of Raleigh, legislators, free and slave African Americans and stone masons from Scotland and England who helped build the state capitol building.
Mt. Hope Cemetery was founded in 1872 as a city owned African American cemetery. Mt. Hope is located on 34.5 acres at Fayetteville Street and Prospect Avenue, and is a pastoral well landscaped cemetery with hills and views of downtown. Those buried there include the Reverend Henry Beard Delany, one of two black Bishops of the Episopal Church at the time of his death, and Colonel James H. Young, commander of a black regiment during the Spanish-American War.
O'Rorke Cemetery, at just under one acre, was established on land donated to the Catholic Church in 1858 by John O'Rorke, a member of the church. Sometimes also called the Catholic Cemetery, the cemetery was used as a potter's field. It is owned by the City of Raleigh and is located on Pender Street, and Tarboro Road.
How to Access our Cemetery Databases and GIS Map
Our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) map of City Cemetery, the Shaw-Blunt database of City Cemetery, and databases for Mt. Hope Cemetery and O'Rorke Cemetery are available on this web site along with copies of the National Register of Historic Places nominations for City Cemetery and Mt. Hope Cemetery. To access all databases and nominations, go to the button bar on this home page, click on "Cemeteries," and click on the individual cemetery.
Our mission is “to help the City of Raleigh promote and provide preservation and restoration of city owned cemeteries and assist with programs to enhance education and heritage tourism."