Celebrate the Grand Opening of Collards + Culture at Two Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Branches

The Slave Cabin installation is a sectional replica of interior housing of the period with examples of household materials and cooking equipment used at the time.

Continuing our partnership with the LATIBAH Collard Green Museum, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will host three exhibits at two branch locations. From Dec. 18, 2018 through Feb. 25, 2019, Sugar Creek branch will host the exhibit Reconstruction: Redefining Black America. Beatties Ford Road Regional Library will host the LATIBAH Collard Green Museum's exhibits The Door of No Return and The Middle Passage from Dec. 18 through Feb. 28, 2019. The exhibits provide a chance to reflect on the past and celebrate the future.

A grand opening for LATIBAH Alive will take place on Dec. 18, 2018 at the Sugar Creek branch. Tours begin at 5 p.m. The artist, T’Afo Feimster, will talk about Reconstruction and his artwork at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

A grand opening celebration at the Beatties Ford Road Regional Library will take place Jan. 20, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with performances, music, food and self-paced walkthroughs of the exhibit.

Reconstruction: Redefining Black America is combination of life size installations and individual art pieces that explore the readjustment period (1865-1877) in the South following the Civil War. The Slave Cabin installation is a sectional replica of interior housing of the period with examples of household materials and cooking equipment used at the time.

The Door of No Return and The Middle Passage are emotionally moving life-size installations that explore how Europeans forcefully brought Africans to the Americas, enduring the inhumanity of the Middle Passage, and honors their courageous determination. Despite their hardships, their culture is still evident today through their music and food. The Door of No Return installation is a replica of a section of a dungeon in the lower part of a fort on the west African coast where African men, women and children were confined in chains to be sold and enslaved.

Tour the exhibits

 The Sugar Creek exhibit will be open from Dec. 19, 2018 – Jan 25, 2019, with hours Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Beatties Ford Road Regional Library exhibit will be open beginning Dec. 18 through Feb. 28, 2019, Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Weekend tours are only available by request.

Attend a program

In addition to the exhibit tours, the Library is hosting programs at both locations:

Sugar Creek Library

Beauty of Science | Dec. 20 at 2 p.m.

LATIBAH Learn | Dec. 27 at 2 p.m.

Mother Minter: Front Porch Stories | Dec. 28 at 11 a.m.

Drum Circle | Jan. 5, 2019 at 11 a.m.

LATIBAH Talk | Jan.10, 2019 at  6 p.m.

Memories of Martin | Jan. 14, 2019 at 11 a.m.

What’s In a Song| Jan. 22, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Beatties Ford Road Library

LATIBAH Talk | Jan. 24, 2019 at 6 p.m.

LATIBAH Learn | Feb. 2, 2019 at 2 p.m.

LATIBAH Anew | Feb. 10, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Collards + Culture: Open Mic Night (Love Edition) | Feb, 14,  2019 at 6 p.m.

LATIBAH Alive | Feb. 22, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Collards + Culture: Black History Trivia | Feb. 28, 2019 at 6 p.m.