Dr. John W. Darden House
Opelika, Alabama


J. W. Darden Foundation, Inc.


National Register Nomination

Dr. John W. Darden was Opelika’s first African-American doctor and the town’s most prominent black citizen. He built his house in 1906 and practiced there in his later years until his death in 1949. When the house was threatened with demolition in 1999 due to its dilapidated condition, a group of community-minded individuals came together to save the house. The J.W. Darden Foundation, Inc. has since completed a sensitive restoration of the house for use as a community center and memorial to Darden’s legacy.

SHP recently completed a National Register nomination for this significant Opelika landmark.