Historic Rosedale Charlotte North Caroline

3427 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28206704-335-0325

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Mission: The African American Legacy Project at Historic Rosedale will promote the truthful, compassionate and equitable presentation of those African Americans, both enslaved and freed, who lived and worked at the site.

Vision: The project will construct exhibits and hold programming that will depict aspects of the life of the enslaved and emancipated persons during the 19th century and of their descendants during the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition, a memorial garden will provide a peaceful area for refection and remembrance, honoring those African Americans. The final stage of our vision is the construction of a building dedicated to presenting and preserving the African American history of our site while also allowing for a dedicated building for community programming.

History: Historic Houses should be buildings which teach us about our past. All facts are not pleasant, but it is a museums responsibility to present the past facts truthfully. Our aim as historic Rosedale is to inspire visitors, through interpretation of the 1815 house and surrounding property, to think deeply about the history of Charlotte, of North Carolina, and of our nation.

Since the early 1990’s this is exactly what historic Rosedale has done, researching the family, county, and all people of Mecklenburg County and the surrounding Piedmont region. In the early 2000’s began offering a tour called “unheard Voices” which focused on the enslaved at Rosedale, and stories of the enslaved and their ancestors have become part of our guided house tours. In 2021, it became apparent o leadership that it was time to invest time, energy and resources into expanding and improving interpretation of he enslaved on site.

A committee was formed and it continues today to lead the African American Project along with the help of a dedicated staff member, our African American Legacy Coordinator. The committee and coordinator schedule events and programming, develop onsite exhibits, and conduct crucial descendant research. Descendant input and advice are critical to the success and authenticity of the project.

THE COMMITEE:

Chairperson: Barbara McCray Jackson

 

Secretary: Tina Wright

Bee Jay Caldwell

Cheralyn Lambeth

Janet Levy

Elizabeth Myers

Ben Nunnally

Ronald Schumann

Kyle Smith

Thomas Spada

Tom Watson

June White

Harold Wiley