Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

African American Education

Founded in 1902 by Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown, Palmer Memorial Institute transformed the lives of more than 2,000 African American students. Today, the campus provides the setting where visitors can explore this unique environment where boys and girls lived and learned during the greater part of the 20th century. The museum links Dr. Brown and Palmer Memorial Institute to the larger themes of African American history, women's history, social history, and education, emphasizing the contributions African Americans made in North Carolina.

Dr. Brown

The School

The Site Today


C.H. Brown Museum

What's New

  • Rentals!
    Need a venue for your next event? The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum has rental spaces in a variety of styles and sizes, for all types of events. Contact the museum at 336-449-4846 or for more information on pricing and availability.

Upcoming Events

  • November 11:
    Site Closed

    We will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day (state holiday) on Tuesday, November 11th, reopening Wednesday, November 12th on our regular schedule. "Thank You" to all veterans for your service.

  • November 12 - 15:
    Teaching The Abolitionists

    Wednesday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
    Focusing on the lives of Angelina Grimke and Frederick Douglass, students will identify the key tenants of the abolition movement. Using excerpts from the documentary, The Abolitionists, and a map showing the movements of Douglass and Grimke, students will discuss the development and work of abolitionists. Recommended for 8th grade Social Studies, American History II, the program can be adjusted for grade level. By reservation only, the program is free to groups. Call (336)449-4846.

  • December 2 - 20:
    Holiday Children's Programming

    Tuesday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
    By reservation only.

    We have lesson plans for school groups and book activities for children. No charge for the following programs, but reservations are required:

    Elf on the Shelf, ages 5-7
    Read the book, watch the movie, and make your own elf to take home. Afterwards, students will search for CHB's elf in Canary Cottage and compare the home's holiday decorations to what they see today.

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas, ages 5-11
    Read the book, watch the movie, make your own Grinchy ornament, and discover how students at Palmer gave back to their school and community during the holiday season each year.

    Decking the Halls at PMI: Holidays Then and Now, ages 5-7
    Students use photographs, advertisements, and other visual evidence to learn what Christmas celebrations were like at Palmer Memorial Institute in the 1940s and compare historical and modern holiday traditions.

    Decking the Halls at PMI: Advertising Christmas, 8th grade social studies, American History II
    Students analyze primary sources (advertisements, photographs, and documents) to explore Christmas traditions in the 1940s.

  • December 6:
    Candlelight and Cocoa

    Saturday, 4 - 6pm
    We will offer refreshments, carols, and examinations of past Christmas traditions in Canary Cottage, Dr. Brown's home on campus. This will be a ticketed event . . . mark your calendar, more information is forthcoming.

Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum Information

Contact Us

Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum
P.O. Box B
Sedalia, NC 27342
Phone: (336) 449-4846
Fax: (336) 449-0176

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and most major state holidays.

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