2.5 Hour Black History Van Tour-Perseverance, Power, and Progress

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Charlotte, US
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Charlotte, US
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Experience the rich history and culture of Charlotte on the Perseverance, Power, and Progress - Black History Van Tour. This unique tour takes you off the beaten path to explore the parts of Charlotte that visitors often miss. Dive into the city's black history through immersive experiences with sight, sound, and food, as you meet the people who have shaped and continue to shape the history and future of Charlotte. You'll also have the opportunity to support and shop at black-owned establishments along the way. From Romare Bearden Park, dedicated to the internationally famous artist, to the Harvey Gantt Center and Johnson C Smith University, this tour showcases Charlotte's vibrant black heritage. Discover the revitalized Camp North End, a former Ford Motor plant turned entertainment district, and explore the three amazing arts locations in the area. Don't miss the chance to visit the historic Rosenwald Schoolhouse and learn about Julius Rosenwald's philanthropic work. Book this tour now and immerse yourself in the perseverance, power, and progress of black history in Charlotte.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-5 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the history of Charlotte through sight, sound, and food
  • Visit Romare Bearden Park, dedicated to the internationally famous artist
  • Explore the beautiful Harvey Gantt Center designed by Philip Freelon
  • Discover the historic Johnson C Smith University and its surrounding area
  • Experience the vibrant Camp North End entertainment district
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Museum entrance

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Charlotte is a city steeped in history, and on the Perseverance, Power, and Progress - Black History Van Tour, you'll discover the often-overlooked stories and contributions of black residents that have shaped the city. This immersive experience takes you on a journey through sight, sound, and food, offering a unique perspective on Charlotte's rich cultural heritage.

What to expect?

During this 150-minute tour, you can expect to dive into the hidden narratives of black history in Charlotte. Explore the beautiful Romare Bearden Park, which pays homage to this internationally renowned artist who hails from the area. Feel inspired as you discover the architectural wonders of the Harvey Gantt Center, designed by Philip Freelon, the same visionary behind the African American History Museum in Washington DC. Immerse yourself in knowledge as you visit Johnson C Smith University, a historic institution educating black men and women and shaping the city's future. Feel the vibrant energy of Camp North End, once a Ford Motor plant and now a thriving entertainment district featuring black-owned businesses, including the James Beard nominated restaurant, Leah and Louise. Take a step into the arts scene at Visual and Performing Arts Center, where you'll learn about its fascinating history. Finally, explore the schoolhouse dedicated to post Civil War philanthropist, Julius Rosenwald, who devoted himself to educating African Americans. The tour culminates in Plaza Midwood, where you can soak up the local atmosphere.

Who is this for?

This tour is designed for curious souls eager to learn about the often-underrated contributions of black history in Charlotte. History enthusiasts, art lovers, and those with a deep appreciation for cultural heritage will find this experience both enlightening and enriching. The tour is open to individuals of all ages and backgrounds, ensuring inclusivity and welcoming anyone who seeks to celebrate and understand the city's diverse tapestry.

Why book this?

This tour offers a truly immersive and authentic experience, shedding light on the often-overlooked narratives that have shaped Charlotte. Led by experienced guides, you'll gain insights and knowledge you won't find in textbooks. By exploring notable landmarks, meeting important figures, and supporting black-owned establishments, this tour presents an opportunity to contribute to the city's progress while discovering its hidden gems.

Good to know

During the tour, be prepared for a journey of discovery and emotional connection. Wear comfortable shoes as you'll be walking throughout the different stops. Bring your appetite as you'll have the chance to sample delicious cuisine from black-owned establishments along the way. Don't forget to carry your camera or smartphone to capture the memories and share your experience with others.


Guests who have embarked on the Perseverance, Power, and Progress - Black History Van Tour describe it as a transformative experience. They praise the knowledgeable guides who bring the history to life with compelling stories and captivating narrations. Many commend the tour's inclusiveness and appreciate how it sheds light on important figures and communities often marginalized in mainstream history. Overall, participants leave feeling enlightened, inspired, and grateful for the opportunity to learn and celebrate the diverse contributions that have shaped Charlotte.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Romare Bearden Park

Romare Bearden was an internationally famous artist who is from the Charlotte area. He was a contemporary of Picasso and spent time in Paris. This park is dedicated to his memory and draws inspiration from several of his paintings.

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

The Harvey Gantt Center was designed by the world famous architect Philip Freelon, who designed the African American History Museum in Washington DC. This building is a beautiful work of art and pays homage to Harvey Gantt, a local hero and architect in the city of Charlotte. We will stop off and allow individuals to explore the center and to purchase items in the gift shop.

Admission Included

Johnson C. Smith University

Johnson C Smith University is a Presbyterian college that initially started to train black men in ministry. It subsequently became a coed school educating black men and women. Today it is part of the future of our city by partnering with city leaders to ensure that students are being educated on relevant subjects in order to take part in the highly technical future in this country. It is one of the only urban universities in the City and is home to many of Charlotte's oldest standing buildings. We will explore the campus as well as the surrounding area.

Camp North End

Prior to the Great Depression, Camp North End was a Ford Motor plant, making Model A and Model T vehicles. Like many companies it closed during the depression and was subsequently used by the US Army as a central supply for bases throughout the South East. Today it is a vibrant entertainment district where they have intentionally included businesses owned by black people in Charlotte including the James Beard nominated restaurant, Leah and Louise.

McColl Center for Visual Art

There are three amazing arts locations in this one area. We will learn the history of all three. We will be able to explore VAPA, Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Billingsville Elementary

Post Civil War philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, part owner of Sears and Roebuck and founder of the Rosenwald Fund. Rosenwald believed that the plight of blacks and jews was intertwined and was committed to his philanthropic work, educating African Americans post slavery. This is one of 2 school houses that we will explore on this tour. After exploring the schoolhouse we will head to Plaza Midwood.



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Absolutely amazing! My experience was more than I could’ve imagined! Diana is a wealth of knowledge and customized our tour for my Aunties! Thank you for making it memorable!


Awesome private Black History Tour in Charlotte. My friend was visiting for her bday and Carol made sure we found our way to meeting point. Diane gave us a private tour on holiday weekend. She’s friendly, patient and not only knowledgeable but passionate about the history of Charlotte. We would definitely do it again!!


I really enjoyed my tour Dianne was well informed about cultural aspects and architecture of charlotte. She made it fun and provided historical context


The excursion ride was very comfortable. The tour guide was personable, friendly accommodating, and knowledgeable. Diana our tour guide explained the city's infostructure and key players. She included historic parks, homes, and museums on the tour. To top it off we stopped at the quaintest lil Tea shop for an afternoon pick-me-up of Tea and cake. A most delightful tour!


My tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and informative . She made us very comfortable.. definitely worth what I paid . Would love to do a follow up tour with her that involves more stops to meet shop owners and mingle with the locals .


We enjoyed the tour and learned so much about the history of Charlotte. Dianna was an excellent tour guide.


We had a wonderful time on our guided tour hearing about historical areas and individuals in Charlotte. We also enjoyed visiting the museum and the cup of tea.


Great historical information shared about Charlotte. Enjoyed the Golden Bull Tour. The Thrive tea was awesome and relaxing. Thanks Dianna for a great tour of the city.


This tour was very thorough and insightful! We really appreciated the glimpse into the rich, black cultural history of Charlotte. I highly recommend this guided tour!


This is an excellent tour. Diana did a great job of mixing history and great sights. I loved seeing the cultural neighborhoods of Charlotte as well as downtown. Must do tour for any, and everyone!
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