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Who We Are

Using history to build community.

Levine Museum builds a stronger, more equitable community by connecting people to Charlotte and to each other through history, culture, and celebration. Our exhibits and programs foster empathy, ignite dialogue, and inspire action. 

Our Team


Kathryn Hill
President & CEO
704-333-1887 ext. 223

Erin Adamson
Program Coordinator
704-333.1887 ext. 232

Crystal Alford
Guest Services & Membership Associate
704-333-1887 ext. 223

Brittany Brathwaite
Events Manager
704-333-1887 ext. 259

Kris Cole
Director of Philanthropy Operations
704-333-1887 ext. 241

Christopher Delange
Exhibits Preparator
704-333-1887 ext. 228

Lindsay Fairbrother
School Program Manager & Group Sales
704-333-1887 ext. 250

Willie J. Griffin, Ph.D.
Staff Historian
704-333-1887 ext. 258

Melody Gross
Marketing & Communications Manager
704-333-1887 ext. 243

Lisa Horldt
Chief Financial Officer
704-333-1887 ext. 221

Roya Javam
Guest Services Associate 
704-333-1887 ext. 235

Harold Lathan
Facility Management
704-333-1887 ext. 237

Kama Pierce
Director of Development
704-333-1887 ext. 226

Eric Scott
Interpretive Developer
704-333-1887 ext. 224

Dan Spock
SVP, Audience Engagement
704-333-1887 ext. 230

Bertha Tillman
Guest Services & Merchandising Manager
704-333-1887 ext. 234

Board of Directors


Peggy Brookhouse, Chair – President/Partner, Luquire George Andrews
Watts Hamrick, Vice Chair – Managing Partner, Pamlico Capital
Ty Niess, Vice Chair – Partner, Red Propeller
Kieth Cockrell, Chair-Elect – Retail, Preferred & Small Business Banking Executive, Bank of America
Matt Springman, Treasurer – PNC
Jimmy Kmetz, Assistant Treasurer – PricewaterhouseCoopers
Dena Diorio, Secretary – Mecklenburg County Manager
Liz Simmons, Immediate Past Chair – Civic Leader

Judy August - Queen Oaks Advisors
Rick Bange – Partner, Moore & Van Allen
Jennifer Blumer – Partner, KPMG
Tarvia Chiddick – Civic Leader
Denise Coleman – Norsan Media 
Linda Dalton (ex officio) – President, Mecklenburg Historical Association
Gaither Deaton  – Civic Leader
Stephanie Gitlin – Civic Leader
Lucia Zapata – Metro Landmarks
Vida Harvey – Attorney, Robinson Bradshaw
Andre Hester – Vice President, Wells Fargo Securities
Tracy Kidd – Civic Leader
Richard Lee – Ernst & Young
Les Maginley, Vice President, Carolinas HealthCare System
Magdalena Maiz-Peña, Professor of Hispanic & Latin American Studies, Davidson 
Pacino Mancillas – Partner, Director of Brand Integration, AC&M Group
Katie Belk Morris – Chairperson, The Belk Foundation
CG Newsome – Civic Leader
Scott Poole – Ridgemont Equity Partners
Dr. Carol Quillen – President, Davidson College
Sally Robinson – Civic Leader
Michael Smith – Collett
Matt Springman – Executive Vice President, Market Leader, PNC
Claye Stokes – Director, SEO, Red Ventures
Noell Tin – Managing Partner, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC
Anne Tompkins – Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP
Glen Wright – Worth Financial Advisory Group

Our History

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The Museum opened K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace — a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and in Charlotte. 

Kathryn Hill becomes President & CEO.


¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South, created in collaboration with Atlanta History Center and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, aimed to engage Latinos of many backgrounds together with non-Latinos—serving as a catalyst for personal reflection, cross-cultural interaction and community engagement. 

Long-time Museum President and CEO, Emily Zimmern, retired from the Museum.


Levine Museum participated in the Innovation Lab for Museums, presented by the American Association of Museums' Center for the Future of Museums and EmcArts and funded by the MetLife Foundation and launched the Latino New South project in partnership with Atlanta History Center and the Birmingham Civil Rights.

The Museum is awarded a transformative and highly competitive grant of $890,000 from the nationally renowned Kresge Foundation.


The Museum celebrated its 20th anniversary year with the return of its award-winning exhibit, COURAGE: The Carolina Story that Changed America.


Launched Changing Places, one of the Museum’s most ambitious project since inception. The project examined the growing cultural diversity and change created by the arrival of newcomers from across the U.S. and around the globe. 


The Museum opened the exhibit Purses, Platforms & Power: Women Changing Charlotte in the 70s, while COURAGE received two national awards: named one of the two best exhibits in the nation by The American Association of Museums and given the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history by The American Association for State and Local History.

The Museum was also named one of six recipients of the 2005 National Awards for Museum and Library Service, the federal government’s highest honor for community service provided by museums and libraries. The award was presented during a ceremony at the White House by first lady, Laura Bush.


Former Museum President, Emily Zimmern, named Charlotte Woman of the Year and the Museum unveiled a major new exhibit, COURAGE: The Carolina Story That Changed America, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation.


Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South named one of the best exhibitions in the Southeast in an annual competition sponsored by the Southeastern Museums Conference Curators' Committee.


On October 13, the Museum re-opened to the public as Levine Museum of the New South, a state-of-the art facility at 200 East Seventh Street in the heart of Charlotte's emerging uptown cultural district.


The Museum successfully completed $8.2 million capital campaign and began renovation and redesign of the building for installation of a permanent exhibit.


The Museum opened its doors to the first floor if its building for temporary exhibits and education programs.


Emily Zimmern became the Executive Director and the staff moved into the former Clark Tribble Harris Li building at College and Seventh Streets.


"Museum Without Walls" placed interactive kiosks and other exhibits around uptown Charlotte.


The Museum was incorporated as Museum of the New South on April 25, 1991.


The journey began with one idea shared between Sally Dalton Robinson and Anne Batten, representing the Mecklenburg Historical Association.