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

  • Month of November:
    Luminary Decorating

    Daily, 9 am to 5 pm
    Join us while we start decorating our luminary bags for our guided luminary tour on December 15th. During the month of November, every visitor will have the chance to decorate their own bag. Once your bag is decorated, come back out on December 15th and locate your bag!
    Organizations are also encouraged to call, e-mail, or come by the Museum to pick up enough bags to represent your organization.
    Decorating you bag(s) is a free event, but the luminary tour in December is $2 per person.

  • December 6:
    Tar Heel Junior Historian Meeting

    Thursday, 5 to 6 pm
    Do you have a 4th-12th grader that LOVES history? We're excited to announce that we'll be starting the our first Tar Heel Junior Historian Association club this year! Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of History, is a network of FREE clubs across the state, with members in grades 4–12. Club members participate in hands-on activities, learn more about state and local history, take field trips, and more!
    Join us for our monthly Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Meeting! This free club is open to all students in grades 4-12. We meet on the first Thursday of every month from 5pm-6pm in the Visitor Center.
    For questions or more information, contact Sonya Laney at or call (336) 449-4846.

  • December 8:
    Christmas in Canary

    Saturday, 2 to 5 pm
    It's Christmas time in Canary Cottage! Come see Canary Cottage decorated for the holidays. Listen to holiday songs and taste treats from the 1940s and 1950s. Decorate ornaments and paper gingerbread men. Don't forget to find all the hidden candy canes in Dr. Brown's house. Santa arrives at 3 pm for pictures and to collect your Christmas lists!
    This event is open to everyone. Admission is $10 per family, or $5 with two canned goods.

  • 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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