If your history classroom experience as a teen is a dim, boring memory, you may develop renewed interest at a lecture entitled,”What You Did Not Learn in High School.”
Learn about black jockeys who ruled the Kentucky Derby more than 100 years ago. Imagine the angst of a runaway slave who hid from her sexually oppressive master by living in an attic crawlspace for years. Hear evidence of a successful black entrepreneur in Philadelphia who hired a diverse pool of workers before the Civil War.
The Harvey Gantt Center and Wells Fargo present collector Bernard Kinsey with WFAE’s Mike Collins and Dr. Tom Hanchett of the Museum of the New South in a revelation of significant but untold stories of African American life since the 1600s at the Knight Theatre on Monday, September 9, 2013.
Kinsey’s lecture will provide long ignored but fascinating historical facts in what promises to be an enlightening evening. A discussion will follow as Collins moderates and Dr. Hanchett provides his learned input.
Immediately following the discussion, which starts at 6 p.m., a reception, book signing and tour of the Kinsey Collection exhibition will be held across the street from the Knight Theatre at the Harvey B. Gantt Center at 8 p.m.
Admission is $20. Visit the Gantt Center website to purchase tickets.
First Black Senator and Representatives
Included in the Kinsey Collection on display at the Harvey B. Gantt Center is this portrait of the first black U. S. Senator and Congressional Representatives.
This Civil War era photograph of an African American Union soldier is on display at the Harvey B. Gantt Center in “The Kinsey Collection.”
North Carolina law
North Carolina law at one time required separate accommodations for the races. This legal document is on display in “The Kinsey Collection” exhibited at the Gantt Center.
Bernard and Shirley Kinsey have spent years collecting works of art and rare historical documents which comprise their extensive collection. Mr. and Mrs. Kinsey and son Khalil will make an appearance at the Gantt Center reception following Mr. Kinsey’s lecture, “What You Didn’t Learn in High School History.”
Dr. Tom Hancett
Dr. Tom Hanchett, staff historian at Levine Museum of the New South, will participate in a discussion of black history with Bernard Kinsey and Mike Collins at the Knight Theatre on Monday, September 9, 2013. His writings range widely on urban history and Southern culture from a book about Charlotte’s neighborhoods, Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class & Urban Development in Charlotte to a monthly newspaper column “Food From Home.”
Veteran Charlotte broadcaster Mike Collins hosts the daily, award-winning show “Charlotte Talks” on National Public Radio’s local affiliate station WFAE FM. Collins will moderate a discussion on black history with Bernard Kinsey and Dr. Tom Hanchett at the Knight Theatre on Monday, September 9, 2013.
Bernard Kinsey and his wife Shirley have made their vast collection their life’s work. This distinguished collection has been seen by over 3 million people in 14 cities — including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History — and contains 400 years of fine art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts that tell the story of the rich history of African Americans.