Charlotte: Moving Forward, Looking Back

To move forward and make the city a better place for everyone, we must look back and learn from choices made in the past.  

Charlotte: Moving Forward, Looking Back tells the story of Charlotte from Native and early European settlement to today. The exhibition combines stories of people, places, and events in a foundational narrative of Charlotte history that answers thought-provoking questions about how we got here and where we are headed. Experience Charlotte stories through objects from the Levine Museum’s collections, interactive media displays, and art by local creatives.  

The exhibition examines Charlotte through four big questions: 

  • How did Charlotte grow from a trading village to an urban financial center?  
  • How have inequality and resistance shaped Charlotte?   
  • How is Charlotte becoming a more multicultural city? 
  • What does it mean to be a New South city? 

Explore the different stories that, together, create our city. 

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