City of Fayetteville
File #: 23-3685    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/7/2023 In control: City Council Regular Meeting
On agenda: 11/13/2023 Final action:
Title: Request to affirm the language on the historical marker at the Market House
Attachments: 1. Market House Powerpoint 2021
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TO: Mayor and Members of City Council

THRU: Jeffrey Yates, Assistant City Manager

FROM: Yamile Nazar, DEI Director, Human Relations Department

DATE: November 13, 2023

Request to affirm the language on the historical marker at the Market House

Council District(s)

Relationship To Strategic Plan:
Goal IV: Desirable place to live, work, and recreate.

Executive Summary:
Update on measures taken to repurpose the Market House/Square, and approaching tasks.

At the request of the City Manager1, Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Director Dr. Anthony Wade was assigned the responsibility of assembling a working group to identify, develop, and prioritize strategic recommendations to the City for the repurposing the Fayetteville Market House as a community asset (Report provided to City Council on April 15, 2021, attached.)

At the request of the City Council (hereon in, "CC"), Human Relations staff, in conjunction with the Human Relations Commission (heron in, "FCHRC"), hosted two City SPIRIT events and received community feedback on how they would like to see the repurposing of the Market House. Following the City SPIRIT events, additional information was gathered from approximately 500+ residents through community engagement.

The Fayetteville historic Market Square has the potential to contribute significantly to local and regional history, positive community race and human relations, residents' quality of life, municipal tourism, and the regional economy.

As a result of the City SPIRIT events, a recommendation surfaced that the FCHRC consider altering the language on a plaque written by a committee Chaired by late educator Dr. W.T. Brown and late journalist and historian Roy Parker Jr., which was mounted in 1989 as a prior attempt to address the building's difficult history. The recommended modification was considered and gained consensus by CC on August 1, 2022.


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