Martin Luther King, Jr Monument by sculptor Selma Burke, Charlotte



Charlotte, NC

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture
DESCRIPTION: African-American cultural center and art museum
ADDRESS: 551 South Tryon Street

One of Four Sculptures at The Square
DESCRIPTION: An African-American railroad builder is honored as part of the city's importance as a transportation center
ADDRESS: Trade at Tryon Streets  MAP

The Original Coffee Cup
DESCRIPTION: Gardine Wilson II’s original Southern café founded in the 1940s during the Segregation Era; now part of the Afro-American Cultural Center
ADDRESS: 914 South Clarkson Street  MAP

Johnson C. Smith University
DESCRIPTION: This HBCU was founded at a different site in Charlotte in 1867 with the mission to train black students; the school moved to this site during the early 1870s and many original buildings on campus include Biddle Hall, a Romanesque Revival centerpiece of the campus built in 1884, Carter Hall a Victorian Gothic building erected by students in 1895 and Carnegie Library built in 1912 with funds from Carnegie Foundation; the business school at Johnson C. Smith is moving up in rankings and by urban university standards, the school has a lovely campus
ADDRESS: 100 Beatties Ford Road  MAP
PHONE: 704-378-1000

Afro-American Children's Theatre
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1981; offers performances at the Great Aunt Stella Center, Dana Auditorium at Queens College and First Ward Place; mounts six to eight fully staged productions each year with local cast members; a tremendous opportunity for children to develop a variety of skills: artistic, social, cultural, personal and academic with an emphasis on African, African American, and Afro-Caribbean cultural contributions
ADDRESS: 345 North College Street, Suite 408  MAP
PHONE: 704-372-7410

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument
DESCRIPTION: An imposing 8-feet tall bronze statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr sculpted by Dr. Selma Burke
ADDRESS: Marshall Park at 3rd Street  MAP

Latibah Collard Green Museum
DESCRIPTION: A small museum whose focus on the history of the black experience in America using the resilient collard green as a namesake metaphor
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 9a-5p
ADMISSION: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 students
ADDRESS: ArtHouse, 3103 Cullman Ave  MAP
PHONE: 704-737-8097

Freedom Park
Festival in the Park, sponsored by the Afro-American Cultural Center, is a preferred park venue under spreading oak trees along the banks of a lake; its also a favorite for by Black community picnics year round
ADDRESS: 1900 East Blvd

Charlotte Post Newspaper
ADDRESS: 1531 Camden Road
PHONE: 704-376-0496

The Black Pages
ADDRESS: 715 East 5th Street, Suite 214
PHONE: 800-533-9103

Asheville, NC

Young Mens Institute Cultural Center
DESCRIPTION: Built at the behest of Cornelius Vanderbilt as a necessary adjunct to the famed Biltmore Estates; it housed African craftsman that built his estate and furniture; these men were schooled in building crafts of the English and French Estates; this building was were they ate, drank, slept, and entertained; Vanderbilt ultimately transformed it into the Young Men’s Institute, a place where his workers and their children were educated and maintained their African, now American, culture; subsequently bought by African Americans, it has been a school, library, cultural institution, funeral home, doctors and dental offices over the years; a historic Colored hospital, Ritz Social Club, and Grave Park Inn build by African craftsmen, and a Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument are nearby
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 39 South Market Street  MAP
PHONE: 828-252-4614

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