Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

February of this year, I featured over 28 museums on various social media sites. My intention was to discover new museums that I never knew existed. I was quite successful on my journey and I wanted to feature one intriguing institution that I stumbled upon, Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum. The museum is at the site of Palmer Memorial Institute, a historically Black boarding school that operated from 1902-1971. The school was co-ed and was open to 1st – 12th grade until the late 1930’s, when it became a high school with a few middle school students.

The school’s founder, Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown (d. 1961) was born in Henderson, NC in 1883 and moved with her family to Cambridge, Massachusetts around the age of 10. She was raised by her mother and step-father and had four siblings. Dr. Brown left Massachusetts at the age of 18 to work for an American Missionary School in Sedalia, NC at Bethany Church. The school closed at the end of her first year and, understanding that no other schools were available to African American students locally, she spent the summer securing the funds for her own school. She founded the school in 1902 and it was named for Alice Freeman Palmer, who funded Dr. Brown’s college education.

Charlotte Hawkins Brown
Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum 

Many prominent individuals attended Palmer, including: Dr. Brown’s Niece, Maria Hawkins Cole (’38), singer for Duke Ellington’s Orchestra and wife to Nat King Cole; Mike Evans, who played Lionel Jefferson on “The Jeffersons” and co-created “Good Times;” Liz Williamson (’33), a founding member of Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater; and Walter Booker, Jr. (’52), bassist for Sarah Vaughan. Prominent associates of Dr. Brown included Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Dubois, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mary McLeod Bethune, James Weldon Johnson, and Oscar DePriest. All of these individuals visited the campus.

One of the most interesting relationships Dr. Brown had was with Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. Dr. Brown and Dr. Bethune worked together in the women’s club and interracial cooperation movements by the 1910’s. Dr. Bethune supported Palmer, particularly in times of trouble. (For example, when the girl’s dormitory burned down, Dr. Bethune stepped up to help with fundraising efforts.) They enjoyed a life-long friendship and mutual commitment to bettering the lives of African American women.

The parallels with the history of both of these women opening schools is fascinating. Dr. Brown was also a suffragist and was active in organizations committed to social justice and civil rights. She was a prolific, nationally known speaker on issues of education, labor rights, women’s rights, rights for African Americans, and the “social graces.” Causes supported by Dr. Brown included voting rights, desegregation, labor rights for African American women, efforts to raise the minimum wage, and efforts to end lynching and police brutality. The museum was founded in 1987 and currently it is operated by the State of North Carolina. It explores the life of Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown and the history of Palmer Memorial Institute.

Admission to the museum is free. The museum is open from 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday, except state holidays. Additional information can be found here: http://www.nchistoricsites.org/chb/    *Information & photo derived from the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum staff

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What… is your quest?

The Knights Who Say Ni demand a sacrifice! Look, my liege! No, no, no! Yes, yes. A bit. But she’s got a wart. And this isn’t my nose. This is a false one. I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough water! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! Now leave before I am forced to taunt you a second time!

  • The Knights Who Say Ni demand a sacrifice!
  • Shut up! Will you shut up?!
  • Well, Mercia’s a temperate zone!

First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin

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Blue. No, yel…

Where’d you get the coconuts? And this isn’t my nose. This is a false one. What a strange person. Knights of Ni, we are but simple travelers who seek the enchanter who lives beyond these woods. You don’t vote for kings.

  1. Who’s that then?
  2. And this isn’t my nose. This is a false one.
  3. I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough water! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! Now leave before I am forced to taunt you a second time!
  4. Be quiet!
  5. We shall say ‘Ni’ again to you, if you do not appease us.
First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin

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Help, help, I’m being repressed!

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Mr. F

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  • I’ve opened a door here that I regret.
  • That’s why you always leave a note!
  • He’ll want to use your yacht, and I don’t want this thing smelling like fish.
  • He’ll want to use your yacht, and I don’t want this thing smelling like fish.

Pier Pressure

I’ve opened a door here that I regret. Bad news. Andy Griffith turned us down. He didn’t like his trailer. There’s so many poorly chosen words in that sentence. Steve Holt! First place chick is hot, but has an attitude, doesn’t date magicians.

Afternoon delight

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  1. Bad news. Andy Griffith turned us down. He didn’t like his trailer.
  2. Did you enjoy your meal, Mom? You drank it fast enough.
  3. Across from where?
Exit Strategy

I’m a monster. Bad news. Andy Griffith turned us down. He didn’t like his trailer. Michael! No… but I’d like to be asked! I care deeply for nature.

Good Grief!

It’s called ‘taking advantage.’ It’s what gets you ahead in life. Michael! There’s only one man I’ve ever called a coward, and that’s Brian Doyle Murray. No, what I’m calling you is a television actor. But I bought a yearbook ad from you, doesn’t that mean anything anymore? Now, when you do this without getting punched in the chest, you’ll have more fun.

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The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show

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  • When I held that gun in my hand, I felt a surge of power…like God must feel when he’s holding a gun.

Natural Born Kissers

They only come out in the night. Or in this case, the day. Save me, Jeebus. I didn’t get rich by signing checks.

The Last Temptation of Homer

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  1. Jesus must be spinning in his grave!
  2. We started out like Romeo and Juliet, but it ended up in tragedy.
  3. I was saying “Boo-urns.”
  4. I’m a Spalding Gray in a Rick Dees world.
Marge vs. Monorail

Fame was like a drug. But what was even more like a drug were the drugs. Human contact: the final frontier. Oh, so they have Internet on computers now!

Homer the Great

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There’s only one man I’ve ever called a coward, and that’s Brian Doyle Murray. No, what I’m calling you is a television actor. Army had half a day. That’s why you always leave a note!

Exit Strategy

There’s so many poorly chosen words in that sentence. First place chick is hot, but has an attitude, doesn’t date magicians. Say goodbye to these, because it’s the last time!

  • Marry me.
  • Oh, you’re gonna be in a coma, all right.
  • I care deeply for nature.

Amigos

No! I was ashamed to be SEEN with you. I like being with you. I’ve opened a door here that I regret. I care deeply for nature.

Pier Pressure

Oh, you’re gonna be in a coma, all right. I don’t understand the question, and I won’t respond to it. Not tricks, Michael, illusions. Across from where? Well, what do you expect, mother? No, I did not kill Kitty. However, I am going to oblige and answer the nice officer’s questions because I am an honest man with no secrets to hide.

  1. That’s what it said on ‘Ask Jeeves.’
  2. Well, what do you expect, mother?
  3. Marry me.
  4. It’s called ‘taking advantage.’ It’s what gets you ahead in life.
  5. Steve Holt!
Ready, Aim, Marry Me

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Afternoon delight

We just call it a sausage. I’ve opened a door here that I regret. Marry me. No… but I’d like to be asked!

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The Honking

Hey, guess what you’re accessories to. I love this planet! I’ve got wealth, fame, and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring. Actually, that’s still true. Good man. Nixon’s pro-war and pro-family. Meh. Yeah, lots of people did.

  • Come, Comrade Bender! We must take to the streets!
  • Bender, this is Fry’s decision… and he made it wrong. So it’s time for us to interfere in his life.
  • WINDMILLS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY! GOOD NIGHT!
  • Hello Morbo, how’s the family?

A Big Piece of Garbage

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The Why of Fry

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  1. THE BIG BRAIN AM WINNING AGAIN! I AM THE GREETEST! NOW I AM LEAVING EARTH, FOR NO RAISEN!
  2. I can explain. It’s very valuable.
  3. Eeeee! Now say “nuclear wessels”!
  4. Oh God, what have I done?
Parasites Lost

You wouldn’t. Ask anyway! You wouldn’t. Ask anyway! I suppose I could part with ‘one’ and still be feared…

Anthology of Interest II

With gusto. Our love isn’t any different from yours, except it’s hotter, because I’m involved. Please, Don-Bot… look into your hard drive, and open your mercy file! THE BIG BRAIN AM WINNING AGAIN! I AM THE GREETEST! NOW I AM LEAVING EARTH, FOR NO RAISEN! Bender! Ship! Stop bickering or I’m going to come back there and change your opinions manually! Tell her you just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating.