Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, Gibsonville

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The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum is North Carolina’s first and only official State Historic Site to honor an African American and a woman. The site is the former Palmer Memorial Institute, an African American preparatory school established by Brown in 1902. The historic site opened to the public in 1987 and has as its mission to preserve and interpret the history and cultural legacy of Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown, Palmer Memorial Institute and African American education. Visitors can explore and learn about a unique environment where many African American boys and girls lived and learned during the greater part of the 20th Century. Our site offers tours, activities, and private rentals. Call today to set something up!

Additional links to uncover more about the legacy of Dr. Brown:

and a selection from a fantastic PBS documentary, "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow"
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  • Amazing history of what one remarkable lady was able to accomplish with a strong and committed character, devoted to the interests of others.  more »
  • We had a wonderful visit here. Truly a fascinating person, Dr Hawkins Brown. Was so educational and fun to learn about this wonderful institution that introduced some great people into our country...  more »
  • My family and I took a tour with Jamie, and absolutely loved it. To learn about all that Dr. Brown did we were blown away. Jamie took us on the tour, she educated us on a lot of what Dr. Brown did, and even gave our children pop quizzes which I thought was good, she kept them engaged. This place definitely needs to be a place where everyone should visit. You won't be disappointed. It also has a picnic area also in case you wanted to tour and eat after, beautiful area to enjoy a nice picnic.
  • The staff was extremely knowledgable. They went out of their way to answer questions and share what they know about the site with us. So much fun and informative!
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