Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to become a Supreme Court Justice, once said, “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute”. Throughout the history of America, the black community has continuously been deprived of equality after the atrocities of slavery, Jim Crow laws and segregation. Black History Month provides us with an important opportunity to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and recognize their central role in U.S. history. One way to celebrate Black History Month is by learning about the history of the black community in your local area, so we'll take a closer look into our towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville.

Black History Month Celebration

Smithville CommUnity black history at Cain Center

Smithville CommUNITY Coalition Black History Month Celebration


The town of Cornelius is putting together their annual celebration in partnership with the Smithville CommUnity Coalition. Smithville is a historically black neighborhood and has been an integral part of the Town of Cornelius since 1869. Smithville was established just after the Civil War when former slaves were freed. You can learn more about the history and enjoy performances, speakers, art exhibits by Bae Hart and Alvin C. Jacobs Jr., and more at the Black History Month event on Saturday, February 24 at the Cain Center for the Arts from 5:30pm-7pm.

Pott's Barber shop