Markers

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  1. Founded by Thad Tate, this was a successful African American run business that provided affordable insurance plans to the black Charlotte community.
  2. This busy printing office produced all materials used worldwide by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion denomination. In an era when skilled jobs were often closed to African Americans, it was an important source of middle-class employment. Today Charlotte is national headquarters of the AME Zion Church.
  3. Anna Alston's children, Rousmanière and Charles Alston, were good friends with Romare and later became cousins when widowed Anna Alston married Romare's Uncle Harry. Charles Alston went on to become a respected artist in his own right, a contemporary of Romare Bearden in the Harlem Renaissance. © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
  4. Biddle University was founded in 1867 by the Presbyterian Church to train “teachers and preachers,” leaders among the newly freed black population of the South. In 1923, it became Johnson C. Smith University and it remains a thriving educational institution today.
  5. The Brevard Street Library for Negroes opened in 1905, the first public library in North Carolina that served and was run by African Americans.
  6. Charlotte’s grand Carnegie Library, one of many across the U.S. funded by steelmaker Andrew Carnegie, was completed in 1903. It refused to admit black patrons, for whom a “Colored Branch” opened on Brevard Street two years later.
  7. A central member in the network of AME Zion Churches in Charlotte, Clinton Chapel was founded in 1865, making it one of the first black churches in the Charlotte area.
  8. Home of J. T. Williams, another highly respected member of the Charlotte African American Community.
  9. This site was the home of Dr. James A. Pethel, who delivered Romare Bearden on September 2, 1911 at 401 S. Graham Street.
  10. Office of Dr. James A. Pethel, the doctor who delivered Romare Bearden. By the 1910s, Charlotte had a distinct black middle-class of doctors, lawyers, ministers, educators and business owners.
  11. In Romare Bearden’s youth, the edge of built-up settlement was never more than a 15 minute walk from anywhere in Charlotte. Country life and city life intertwined. A love of rural landscape and country living would mark Bearden’s Mecklenburg series and other artwork. © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
  12. Established in 1881, “Good Sam” was the first privately funded black hospital in North Carolina and perhaps the entire South.
  13. H.B. Kennedy, Romare Bearden's paternal great-grandfather, owned this grocery store, located right next to Romare's birth home.
  14. Romare Bearden was born here, in the home of his paternal great-grandparents, Henry and Rosa Kennedy. © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
  15. Home of the first librarian at the Brevard Street Library.
  16. The sounds of emanating from the machinery in this cotton mill filled the birth home of Romare Bearden. © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
  17. The Myers Street School was built in 1886 and remained the only public school serving the African American community until 1907. Romare Bearden believes he may have attended this school.
  18. This white-only school serves as a contrast to the Myers Street School.
  19. The resting place of Romare Bearden's paternal great-grandparents, Rosa and H.B. Kennedy, as well as his great-great-grandparents and aunt and uncle Harry and Anna Bearden (née Alston).
  20. This street was posthumously named in honor of Romare Bearden.
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