Raper/Roark Trust

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Samuel Raper and Lester Roark, recognized a growing need to increase the appearance of Uptown Shelby where each lived and worked for 50 plus years. Both devised a framework of funding for beautification efforts in the Uptown Shelby Area. That is why in 1998 the Raper- Roark Trust Fund was established. 

Uptown Projects: 

Lafayette Streetscape

Arts Council Plantings

Scruggs Museum Amenities

Gibson Theatre Planters

City Pavilion/Farmers Market

Benches Uptown

Planters Uptown

Upgraded Waste Receptacles 

Through a formal agreement with the city of Shelby and the Raper- Roark Trust Fund have declared a public-private partnership.  A Trust Board of Governors, compromised of six local citizens study and recommend projects for Uptown Shelby.  

In 2010, the Roark Plaza was renamed the Raper- Roark Plaza. In honor of both men and their partnership. 

Located on the corner of Lafayette and Graham Street; behind City Hall. 


For more information, contact:

Raper-Roark Trust Fund

City of Shelby, Trustee 

PO Box 207 Shelby, NC 28151-0207

Walter Scharer - Planning Director