Charlotte Cultural Sites
Charlotte cultural sites for black travelers are concentrated in Johnson C. Smith University and the Harvey Gantt Center, but otherwise spread around the city. Draw inspiration from these magnificent Afrocentric attractions.
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture
ADDRESS: The Arts District of Charlotte, NC
One of Four Sculptures at The Square
DESCRIPTION: An African-American railroad builder is honored as part of the city’s historic importance as a transportation center.
ADDRESS: Trade at Tryon Streets, Charlotte, NC 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 college moved to this site during the early 1870s. 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, Charlotte, NC MAP
Afro-American Children’s Theatre
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1981, the theatre offers performances at the Great Aunt Stella Center, Dana Auditorium at Queens College and First Ward Place. It mounts six to eight fully staged productions each year with local cast members. Its 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.
DAYS & HOURS: CLOSED
ADDRESS: 345 North College Street, Suite 408, Charlotte, NC MAP
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, Charlotte, NC 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: varies
ADDRESS: Currently provides traveling exhibitions around Charlotte
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, NC MAP
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, Asheville, NC MAP