Charlotte Cultural Sites
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
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