Levine Museum of the New South

The Levine Museum of the New South, is a history museum located in Charlotte, North Carolina whose exhibits focus on life in the North Carolina Piedmont after the American Civil War. The museum includes temporary and permanent exhibits on a range of Southern-related topics.[1] Founded in 1991 as the Museum of the New South, it was renamed after museum patron and Family Dollar founder Leon Levine in 2001,[2] also the year the current facility at 7th and College Streets downtown opened.[3]

Levine Museum of the New South


The museum's permanent exhibit is called "Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South", and features period displays that reflect regional history. The displays include a one-room tenant farmer's house, a cotton mill and mill house, an African-American hospital, an early Belk department store, and a civil-rights era lunch counter. Changing exhibits focus on local culture, art and history.[4]

In March 2013, the Charlotte Museum of History announced plans to move its administrative offices to the Levine Museum.[5]

In 2019, the museum had an exhibit "The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America", prepared in collaboration with the Equal Justice Initiative, who created the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.[6]

Relocation was considered in 2020 because the site had no room for expansion and was worth $7.7 million according to county records. The COVID-19 pandemic was one reason for considering more virtual options.[7] On June 16, 2021, the museum announced it would sell the downtown location and look for a new home. This news comes as the museum adds virtual activities such as the digital walking tour starting in August 2021. These changes come with the help of a $600,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.[3]



  1. ^ An Enigmatic Land of Great Expectations, Edward Rothstein, New York Times, Feb. 12, 2012.
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  3. ^ a b "Levine Museum of the New South selling uptown Charlotte facility, embarking on digital transformation". WBTV. June 16, 2021. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  4. ^ [2] Archived 2016-10-22 at the Wayback Machine Levine Museum: Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers. From 1865 to today.
  5. ^ Price, Mark (March 9, 2013). "History museum to give up its building: New director will take over the mostly shuttered Charlotte history center". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1B.
  6. ^ Arrowood, Maddy (May 31, 2019). "Exhibit traces legacy of lynching in North Carolina through the stories of victims". The Charlotte Observer.
  7. ^ Chemtob, Danielle (August 12, 2020). "Big changes for Levine Museum, as it weighs move and rethinks use of its uptown site". The Charlotte Observer.

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