Filed Under African American

James S. Morgan House

At the start of the twentieth-century, the once-rural freedman's village of Oberlin had grown into a tight-knit community of middle-class African American families. Oberlin had well-established churches, small retail shops, and the highest rate of home-ownership of all Raleigh neighborhoods. The James S. Morgan House is a rare intact example of a traditional early-twentieth century vernacular dwelling (Triple-A I-house form). The rarity of the James Morgan House is due to its location and its ownership. While common, the I-house form was largely associated with substantial rural farms and constructed by the land owners as evidence of their financial success. I-houses are extremely rare in Raleigh's African American neighborhoods. The fact that Wilson Morgan, James’ father, was African American and built this house in the in-town African American Oberlin community comprised of more modest dwellings, is what makes the structure stand out. Wilson W. Morgan, one of Oberlin's earliest settlers and a member of the North Carolina General Assembly from 1870 through 1892, built the house for his son James around 1900. Private residence.

Date: ca. 1900


James Morgan House, 2009
James Morgan House, 2009 Image by Michael Zirkle Photography, copyright Raleigh Historic Development Commission.


1015 Oberlin Road


RHDC, “James S. Morgan House,” Raleigh Historic, accessed July 19, 2024,