Founded in 1902 by Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown, Palmer Memorial Institute transformed the lives of more than 2,000 African American students. Today, the campus gives visitors a unique opportunity to explore this unique environment where boys and girls lived and learned during the greater part of the 20th century. The museum links Dr. Brown and Palmer Memorial Institute to the larger themes of African American history, women's history, social history, and education, emphasizing the contributions African Americans made in North Carolina.
Greensboro’s history continues into the twenty-first century at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown State Historic Site. North Carolina’s first official site to honor an African American and a woman, it is the former location of the Palmer Institute, a prep school that Brown founded in 1902 when she was only nineteen years old. Eventually the school grew to 350 acres, included a farm, and received full accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Today you can see displays about the school, Brown’s life, and the civil rights movement. Also included are her home and gravesite.