As part of our partnership with the ASC Culture Block program, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is honored to host the LATIBAH Collard Green Museum's The Door of No Return and The Middle Passage exhibits from December 12, 2017-January 24, 2018.
These emotionally moving life size installations explore how Africans were brought to the Americas, enduring the inhumanity of the Middle Passage, and honors their courageous determination. Despite their hardships, their culture is still evident today through their music and food.
Celebrate the grand opening of Collards + Culture
A grand opening celebration will take place December 12 from 4-7 p.m. at Sugar Creek Library. Attendees will enjoy tours of the exhibit, reenactments, dancing, drumming and refreshments.
Tour the exhibit
The exhibit will be open to the public Monday-Thursday from 4-7 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with special opening hours December 27-28 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Additional tours are available upon request.
The Door of No Return installation is a replica of a section of a dungeon in the lower part of a fort on the west African coast where African men, women and children were confined in chains to be sold and enslaved.
The Middle Passage installation is a sectional replica of the hold of an enslavement ship, and includes associated wall texts and artifacts.
Attend a program
In addition to the exhibit tours, the Library is hosting programs at several locations:
Sugar Creek Library
From Page to Screen: Amistad | December 19 at 5 p.m.
Kwanzaa Celebration | December 27 at 2 p.m.
Join us as we learn about Kwanzaa with Mother Minter. Children and caregivers will participate in stories, songs and more!
LATIBAH Learn | December 28 at 2 p.m.
Explore history through art and learn about African American culture, people, places and events.
Afro House Dance | December 29 at 2 p.m.
Come and experience Afro House, a blend of African music and dance. Be prepared to exercise and have fun!
LATIBAH Learn | December 30 at 2 p.m.
Celebrate Kwanzaa with a tour of the LATIBAH Collard Green Museum exhibit. Discover, explore and learn of the African culture and journey from "The Door of No Return" and "Middle Passage."
Heritage Quilting | January 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Memories of Martin | January 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
LATIBAH Talk: Middle Passage | January 10 at 6 p.m.
Join us for a panel discussion exploring how Africans were brought to the Americas via the Middle Passage.
Heritage Quilting | January 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Behind the Mask | January 17 at 3 p.m.
Hickory Grove Library
Cultural Exploration + Kwanzaa Celebration | December 16, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
University City Library
LATIBAH Talk | January 3 at 6 p.m.
LATIBAH Learn | January 20 at 2 p.m.