Located on the AME Zion Church premises is The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, founded to ... More
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture (The)
Located on the AME Zion Church premises is The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, founded to promote and preserve black culture, history and art. This landmark consists of an outdoor amphitheater, an indoor theater and two galleries (Montgomery and Stained Glass). Events such as the Teen Drama Camp and Jazz Evenings are held here regularly, as are weddings, private gatherings and business meetings. Also check out the interactive programs for children.
My wedding plans have been ruined by this venue's lack of consideration. After signing a contract 8 months earlier, my event plans were ruined by a temporary exhibit which had been constructed and planned AFTER signing for the wedding. They have been deceitful and have caused unnecessary stress, leaving me without a venue close to my wedding.
Can not speak for the museum itself, but do not ever plan a major event here.
My kids and I visited the AACC and it was full of the history surrounding two of the oldest Afican American neighborhoods in the Charlotte area. Our tour ended with a little history about one of AA families from the late 1800s that lived in the Biddleville and Brroklyn areas. Though we only caught the tail-end of the tour, it was great and my kids really enjoyed it. If you are visiting Charlotte, definitely make the AACC one of your places to visit.
The Afro-American Cultural Center is one of the hidden gems of Charlotte, NC. I say hidden because I found it by accident while looking through the "Charlotte Trip" magazine map. I did not see a listing for it in museums, galleries, antiques, or historic sites. The Afro-American Cultural Center could easily fall into any of these catagories.
The exhibit "on Hopes of Freedom" by Michelle Nichle is a wonderful way to learn about African American's role during the Revolutionary War.
I also loved the display of African artifacts in "The Spirit of our Ancestors" exhibit. The wood ancient carvings and statues took me back to a place and time that helps me understand why we should be proud of our African heritage.
"Artistry Around our Table: Swinging w/Soul" has a variety of displays including crochet clothing, painted gourds, old LP's and inspired artwork.
The $5.00 entry fee was a great value. I'm glad I found the Afo American Cultural Center and hope that all visitors to Charlotte make time to visit.
I was given a tour of the center and the shotgun house in the back of the center. It was very educational because I learned many things about Charlotte and the purpose of the center. I will be going back and supporting programs as they came up.
The Afro-American Cultural center is filled with edcation for the young and the old. It even has a small theatre up stairs for various events. It has a great atmosphere, and I would suggest anyone to go there and take a visit.
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