#HomeCLT + StoryMining 250


Levine Museum is creating a multi-year, multifaceted exploration of the neighborhoods and communities in Charlotte. The story of Charlotte is the story of the people who live here today and lived here in the past. #HomeCLT strives to share everyone’s story whether you were born and raised here, or you only got here this week. We are all a part of Charlotte’s story and history.


Ms. Karen Jones - Hidden Valley - Photograph by Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr.

Ms. Karen Jones - Hidden Valley - Photograph by Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr.

#Homeclt

People. Places. Potential.

Behind every city are the stories of the people who live there. It's these experiences that give meaning to the places we call home. Charlotte is a New South city, forged by powerful market forces and stubborn racial inequities that have impacted everyone who has ever lived here. 

The present challenge of lagging economic mobility in Charlotte is a legacy of our shared history. As a city looking forward, we can't plan for the future without understanding how the history we've inherited has shaped our city today.

#HomeCLT is a series of exhibits rooted in the stories of Charlotte's neighborhoods.

#HomeCLT aims to show the city in the words of its diverse residents, to reveal the unexpected, to prompt reflection and dialogue, and to inspire civic participation as Charlotte strives to build a more equitable future.

#HomeCLT is sponsored by Crescent Communities and presented by Bank of America and the Arts and Science Council.

StoryMining 250

A Call for Participation: Our History Needs Your Story!

StoryMining 250 is a project of Levine Museum of the New South and its community partners. It seeks to document and share the lives of Charlotteans at this particular moment in time, through oral histories, exhibits, and special programs, 250 years since the city was founded.

Your history is important to Charlotte’s history and you’re making history right now. 

If you or someone you know has a story to share about making a home in Charlotte, we’d like to know!

The Story

All stories should be:

  • true, not fiction 

  • written (with a 500 word-count limit) or

  • prose or poetry or

  • video (with a 3-minute limit) or

  • audio (with a 5-minute limit) or

  • illustrated with pictures

We all have a story to share and a place in our city’s history. 

The Storyteller

StoryMining 250 is all inclusive because our history includes everyone. We want to hear from:

  • people from all over the city’s many unique neighborhoods

  • all ages 

  • all genders and sexual orientations

  • speaking authentically from Charlotte’s racial and ethnic diversity

  • all class/income/education ranges

Mr. Theodore Williams - Eastland Mall - Photograph by Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr.

Mr. Theodore Williams - Eastland Mall - Photograph by Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr.

Submit a story

  • every type of living situation: renting, owning, secure, insecure, Couchsurfing, looking 

  • newcomers, natives, long-term residents, rooted for life or looking to leave

  • various identifications on the political spectrum: red, blue, or the independent you

  • many roles in the community: residents, business owners, educators, activists, parents, clerics, students, workers, etc.  

Ms. Mary Houston - Enderly Park - Photograph by Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr.

Ms. Mary Houston - Enderly Park - Photograph by Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr.

nominate a storyteller