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.

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  • 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 chb@ncdcr.gov for more information on pricing and availability.

Upcoming Events

  • December 1 - March 31:
    Crossroads: The Life of Wilhelmina Crosson

    Tuesday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
    "Crossroads" explores the life and legacy of Palmer Memorial Institute's second president, Wilhelmina Marguerita Crosson. Ms. Crosson was a pioneer in the field of remedial reading and a life-long advocate for the inclusion of African American history and literature in the curriculum. The exhibit includes documents and images from our collection and a children's area ("Ms. Crosson's Bookshelf") featuring hands-on activities and excerpts from Ms. Crosson's favorite books. Exhibit open through March 31, 2017. Closed on state holidays. Free admission!


  • December 3:
    Cocoa and Candlelight in Canary: A 1940's Christmas Celebration

    Saturday, 5 pm - 7 pm
    Join us as we celebrate a 1940's Christmas at Dr. Brown's home, Canary Cottage! Highlights include Christmas themed tours of Canary Cottage, children's activities, refreshments, a visit from Santa Claus, and a holiday sing-along. Tickets are cash only at the door: $3.20 for Adults (18+), $2.14 for Youth.


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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
Email: chb@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

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


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