Crosby-Garfield CenterLocated at 568 E. Lenoir St.
Raleigh, NC 27601


Main: 919-664-7702

Learning Together: Main: 919-856-5204

Jan Baker-Office: 919-856-5205

Human Services/ Social & Economic Vitality: 919-856-6167

Directions to Crosby Garfield Center

Hours of Operation:

8:45 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

Services Available at the Crosby-Garfield Center

Wake County Network of Care - a one-stop resource directory to help you locate needed services and supports throughout the Wake community

Wake County Food Locator App - Use the app to find grocery stores, farmers markets, SNAP retailers, food pantries, and community gardens near you

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 Crosby-Garfield Events Calendar

< November, 2020 >
 Sun  Mon  Tue  Wed  Thu  Fri  Sat 
  Training for Upward Mobility
  Racial Equity and Social Justice
  Crosby Advocacy Group
  Crosby Residents Advocacy Group
  Triple P Positive Parenting Program
  Community Leadership

History of the Crosby-Garfield Building

The names Crosby and Garfield have represented education in the African-American community for years, as has the name Chavis. The Chavis School operated from 1903 until 1908 as a high school and industrial school for "Negroes." The Garfield School (1881) was located on the corner of Hargett and Person streets in a former church. W.L. Crosby was its principal. The Watson Worth residence on East Lenoir Street housed the Crosby School for Blacks in 1897. The school was named for its benefactor Henry Crosby, who was an educator at Shaw University.

In 1910, the Chavis and Garfield schools were sold, and a new Garfield School was built on East Lenoir Street. J.W. Ligon served as its principal. Mrs. Julia A. Williams was the principal of the Crosby School. In 1920, the two schools were consolidated and became known as the Crosby-Garfield School. After a 1935 fire destroyed the Garfield School, the Crosby building was demolished, and a new modern Crosby-Garfield School opened in 1939. The school became part of the J.W. Ligon Magnet Middle School in 1982. It now serves the community as a county facility.

As a Wake County facility, the Crosby-Garfield Center has housed a variety of services such as health programs and a clinic, a GED program, as well as the Wake County Youth Services center. The building currently houses two pre-k education facilities, Head Start and Learning Together, the SPACES program for teens and Social and Economic Vitality staff. The Crosby-Garfield building is currently undergoing renovations in preparation for becoming the Social and Economic Vitality anchor asset for community engagement, educational and employment readiness opportunities, community wellness activities, information/referral and other family support services.


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