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Posted: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

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Kelli Robinson

Kelli Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in Mooresville and has been contributing to Lake Norman Magazine since 2009. She juggles family and writing with humor and lots of chocolate, and enjoys experiencing all the Lake Norman area has to offer.

As we wind down this month of February, I’m giving a shout out to the Cornelius PARC Department for the wonderful programs they’ve presented to celebrate Black History Month. Check out the following activities they’re offering over the next week:

Celebrate Black History Exhibit
Through February 29 at the Cornelius Arts Center, guests are welcome to view this multimedia exhibit that features the works of local African-American artists.

Drop-In Art
Parents can drop off their kids at the Cornelius Arts Center from 10 am until noon on Saturdays for the little ones to work at various art stations throughout the studio. This Saturday, February 25 many of the stations will profile African-American artists. Parents can register at the door and pay by the hour ($6 for first hour; $4 for additional hour). Children ages 4 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Celebrate Smithville
Smithville is a Cornelius community with roots dating as far back as the 1880s. Guests can gather at the Cornelius Town Hall on Saturday, February 25 from 1 pm until 4 pm to celebrate Smithville’s history. Activities include singing and dancing performances, memorabilia and pictures and a community quilt craft. Light refreshments are being served.

If you’re looking for other options for celebrating Black History Month, consider a venture to Huntersville or a daytrip to Greensboro, NC.

A ride on the Underground Railroad (Latta Plantation in Huntersville)
Latta Plantation provides an educational experience about the Underground Railroad, a significant part of American history, for guests this Saturday, February 25 from 10 am to 4 pm. Step back in time and go on a scavenger hunt, gathering items you might have needed were you travelling the Underground Railroad over 150 years ago. Other events include plantation house tours, presentations and a craft activity. Free event with admission ($7/adults; $6/seniors; $5/students; Ages 5 and under free).

International Civil Rights Center and Museum (Greensboro, NC)
To recognize the significant contributions made by African Americans – which can be celebrated all months of the year – consider a day trip to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, NC. Located just 90 miles from the Lake Norman area, the museum that opened in 2010 provides patrons a historic look at the barriers African Americans overcame. The museum is housed in the 1929 Woolworth Building – the site of the Greensboro sit-ins, considered key factors in the civil rights movement. Visitors can view the original lunch counter seats from the sit-ins, and learn about the civil rights movement through other permanent and travelling exhibits.

134 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC
Hours: (Winter Hours through March)
Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 am to 6 pm; Sundays 1 pm to 5 pm; Closed Mondays
Admission: Adults $10; Students and Seniors $8; Children ages 6-12 $6; Under 6 free

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