The Charlotte Museum of History will lead a community effort to restore the historic Siloam School in northeast Charlotte and return it to its original purpose as an educational resource and community gathering space.
The historic Siloam School was built as part of the Rosenwald School movement. The school was one of thousands built throughout the South in the early 20th century to educate African Americans, and it had a profound impact on the lives of many children during the Jim Crow era. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently endangered due to its state of disrepair.
The goal of the Save Siloam School project is to restore the Siloam School and relocate it to the grounds of The Charlotte Museum of History, where it will become an important centerpiece in efforts to engage the community in the history of the Charlotte region. The plan to save the school calls for the restored building to house a permanent exhibit on the history of African Americans in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region, placing that history in a national context. The building also will become part of the Museum’s regular tours and will serve as a community resource.
Donations are tax deductible and will go directly toward the restoration, relocation and preservation of the Siloam School building.
Donations also will support the creation of the exhibition on African American history in the region and will support an endowment to maintain the building.
The effort to save the school is a partnership of The Charlotte Museum of History, Tribute Companies, the Historic Landmarks Commission, Aldersgate Retirement Community and the Silver Star Community, Inc., which works to save Rosenwald Schools. The effort also is supported by Charlotte City Council member Greg Phipps, who represents District 4, where the Siloam School is located.
About The Charlotte Museum of History
The Charlotte Museum of History engages a broad public audience in the history of the Charlotte region through the stories of its people, places and events in order to promote dialogue and historical perspective.
The Museum is the steward of the Hezekiah Alexander House (ca. 1774) and home site, a National Register of Historic Places site and the oldest existing home in Mecklenburg Country. Hezekiah Alexander was a leader in the years that led to the American Revolution and served on the committee that drafted North Carolina’s 1776 constitution and bill of rights.
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