Including more than 1,000 artifacts, images, video clips, music, and oral histories, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Reinventing Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South uses Charlotte and its 13 surrounding counties as a case study to illustrate the profound changes in the South since the Civil War.

Visitors tour many different “environments” within the exhibit for learning experiences about:

  • Life in a one-room tenant farmer’s house
  • Seed cotton
  • Machines on the floor of the cotton mill
  • Life in a mill house
  • Good Samaritans Hospital Chapel, one of the first African American hospitals in the South
  • Main street with stores
  • Personal accounts from local sit-in leaders at a lunch counter


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  • Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Field To Skyscrapers Event Image