551 South Tryon Street
Hours of Operation
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Children (17 and under): $6
Teachers, Military or Students (with ID): $6
The Harvey B. Gantt African-American Arts & Cultural Center is located in Charlotte's Uptown, in what used to be the historic Brooklyn neighborhood, a center of the black community which was destroyed in the 1960s.
Their mission is to "present, preserve and promote African American art, culture and history for the education and enlightenment of all." For 35 years, this museums has done just that, serving as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature and community outreach. The galleries on display at the center provide a look at some of the best, most inspiring, and most interesting work by African-American artists or work about African-American life.
A highlight of the museum is the John and Vivian Hewitt Collection, which consists of works by "renowned artists including Romare Bearden, regarded as one of the greatest American artists of his generation; Henry Ossawa Tanner, one of the first African-American artists to achieve acclaim in both America and Europe; Elizabeth Catlett; Jonathan Green; Jacob Lawrence; Ann Tanksley; and Hale Woodruff. Bank of America acquired the Hewitt Collection in 1998 from John and Vivian Hewitt, and pledged it as a cornerstone of the Gantt Center's permanent collection."
The center is named after Harvey B. Gantt, the first African-American to be admitted to Clemson University and the first to serve as mayor of Charlotte. Currently, Gantt is a well-respected community leader.