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Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

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Address: 6136 Burlington Rd, Gibsonville, NC 27249-8785
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+1 336-449-4846
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The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum is North Carolina’s first and only...

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.

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Dr Brown's field of dreams

Have you seen that brown sign beside I-40 as you approach Greensboro from the east: Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum / Palmer Memorial Institute ? If you follow the sign off the... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

On February 11, 2017, I had the opportunity to visit the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum. Even though, I live probably less that 20 minutes away. I never took the time to visit such a tranquil site. The facility was well kept and reminded me of place where a formal education was a priority. One of the highlights was the tour... More 

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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The tour was excellent. The tour guide was knowledgeable and made it interested. Would do a tour again in the future.

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Thank Annette M
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

Have you seen that brown sign beside I-40 as you approach Greensboro from the east: Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum / Palmer Memorial Institute ? If you follow the sign off the beaten path, you will soon arrive in little Sedalia, NC, an inspiring place that’s well worth a visit. Dr Charlotte Hawkins Brown founded the Palmer Memorial Institute in 1902... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 15 December 2015

The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum is a great place to visit if you are a history buff. The museum is very informative on the education of African-Americans in the early 1900's.

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Thank Jeff R
Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

There is truly nothing to see here. It is a collection of ordinary buildings with an ordinary story, its set on a busy road with no feeling of peace, serenity or anything. With all the historic things to see in the South this place does not need to be on your list. I pass this thing about 6 times a... More 

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Thank Meridith R
Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 24 February 2015

I love traveling to different historical sites across the U.S. My cousin and I stopped by the site a couple weekends ago. I enjoyed learning about the history of the school and it's founder. She was quite a pioneer of her day. It isn't often you get to learn about Black preparatory schools and Black upper class students back in... More 

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JULIAN
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

Ms. Brown ran the school for Black students, but it is evident looking at the class photos that she herself preferred the lighter-skinned members of her race. A little inside prejudice that isn't often talked about, but definitely exists.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

It is sad to say that I believe this is one of the most unadvertised sites to visit. Our church group visited this site and we were surprised at all the history that has not been "spotlighted". I would highly recommend this historic site to everyone to visit, especially african americans. Mrs. Brown was a pillow for the education of... More 

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Burlington, North Carolina
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

Since my last review .. The Owners have made a significant effort to improve the look of the site .. so overlook that (NOW) from the other review :) Everything (on the exterior) looked neat and clean, freshly painted and ready for visitors !! .. by the way ... I did NOT stop except for traffic turning, and this site... More 

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Thank Alona L
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Reviewed 29 January 2013 via mobile

Have visited this unique State Historic Site in the past, but had the opportunity to attend a meeting in one of their rental facilities. It was great; meeting in one of the historic structures provides a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Work is ongoing to modernize the infrastructure while stabilizing and restoring the campus buildings. A hidden gem!

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