African American Museums
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, Charlotte. Mark Clifton/Flickr
In the wake of student-led Civil Rights demonstrations of the 1960s and '70s, a team of professors at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte-led by Mary Harper and Bertha Maxwell-Roddy-conceived of the Afro-American Cultural and Service Center (AACSC), a museum intended to preserve the city's historical legacy. The center originally used a small space at First Baptist Church. After moving several times, the museum received a major upgrade in 2009 when it was renamed in honor of the first black mayor of Charlotte and relocated to an enormous space uptown. Among the museum's exhibits is the John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which includes pieces from painter Romare Bearden (1911–1988) and graphic artist Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012).