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.
Arts Council Plantings
Scruggs Museum Amenities
Gibson Theatre Planters
City Pavilion/Farmers Market
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