Welcome To The Historic Magnolia House
The Magnolia House is one of only four Green Book sites in North Carolina still in operation and housed some of our nation’s most well-known African Americans during segregation. Whether you’re looking to host a private gathering, attend one of our upcoming events, or come by for Sunday brunch, we hope you’ll enjoy the rich history of The Magnolia House.
The House That Soul Built
During America’s period of segregation, the Magnolia House Motel accommodated traveling African Americans who were not allowed to share the same eating and sleeping facilities as Caucasians. Prominent African Americans that stayed in the Magnolia House included James Brown, Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Ike and Tina Turner, Joe Tex, Carter G. Woodson, and Jackie Robinson.
In addition to housing celebrities, the Magnolia House accommodated the families of students attending historically Black schools like Bennett College and North Carolina A&T State University.