The Mint Museum: Black History Is Here All Year Long

The Mint Museum: Black History Is Here All Year Long

CHARLOTTE, NC–Each year during the month of February, we recognize and honor Black history.

Charlotte is a place with rich history, so you don’t have to go far to learn about the many accomplishments of African-Americans and the countless contributions!

Living in the Queen City, Black history is all around and the Mint Museum has been displaying Black excellence all year long… not just for the month of February!

Ruby Britt-Height, the Director of Community Relations at the Mint Museum says, “The art gives us a chance to share with the community the voices of so many people in so many ways of talking about the history of African Americans. Our history is American history. When we look at it that way, it all connects together. We are a part of the fabric of America as African Americans.”

Britt-Height says when people come to the Mint Museum and see pieces like Conversation by Leo Twiggs it can sometimes be hard to take in, but it’s necessary.

“This piece gives us a springboard for dialogue for conversation because art is a conversation. It’s a hard one, about some hard truths in America about things that are  occurring, but  also we have conversations to bring us together. To get through and to be able to work it out and that’s why Jon and I have conversations all the time.”, says Britt-Height. 

Dr. Jon Stuhlman says one popular conversation starter is a piece titled the Juke Joint by Nellie Ashford. Stuhlman says, “Nellie’s work was so popular! Both of these pieces after a show were acquired from us by people in the community who were passionate about art and wanted to make sure it stayed at the Mint Museum.”

The attention to detail in Ashford’s work makes her one of the museum’s favorites…but it’s  the story behind the art that has people raving! Mother Nellie Ashford is in her 70’s and was inspired to give art a try after painting with her grandkids. 

Stuhlman says, “The materials she’s using, the way she is putting things together…. it’s really pretty wonderful! It just shows you that you can be creative at any age.”

Black history is alive and well in the Queen City and hopes people will come to the Mint and see the beautiful pieces done by local Black artists.

Britt-Height says, “Our lives are a story and our history. We have to know where we come from to know where we’re going so the art gives us a chance to share with the community voices of so many people in so many ways of talking about the history of African Americans.”

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