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

  • October 20:
    Fall Craft Day

    Saturday, 2 to 4 pm
    Join us on the Visitor Center porch as we celebrate fall on the historic campus of Palmer Memorial Institute! We'll make fall themed crafts and enjoy apple cider and cookies! Cost is $3 per child, cash only.

  • November 1:
    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.

  • 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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