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

  • December 15:
    December Book Club

    Saturday, 10 am
    December's Book Club selection is: "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" by Harriet Jacobs. This autobiographical account chronicles the remarkable story of Harriet Jacobs (1813–1897) whose spirit and faith carried her from a life of servitude and degradation in North Carolina to liberty and reunion with her children in the North.
    Books will be available early November.
    Book club meetings are the second Saturday of every other month. To find out more information or join, please become a memeber of our Facebook group: or e-mail Leslie at:

  • December 15:
    Luminary Guided Tour

    Saturday, 6 pm
    Join us for a special guided campus tour lit by luminaries. If you have never seen campus at night, this is a must. Not only are the paths lined with luminaries, our lollipop lights add an addition flare to the tour. This year our luminary bags will be decorated by local organizations, children, and visitors. Make sure to come out and find your bag. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Cost is $2 per person. Cash only. Pay at the door.

  • Stay tuned for more upcoming events. . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

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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