Friday, February 19, 2010

The Levine Museum on Main Street

The Levine Musuem of the New South is a wonderful museum. Tom Hanchett, who is a regular correspondent of this blog, is the historian there. His great book, Sorting Out the New South City, is essential reading for understanding the race and class structure of American urban space. His close analysis of Charlotte's history informs the museum, giving it wisdom and kindness. A lovely review in this week's New York Times captures the essence of that accomplishment. The Museum's Main Street location, like that of the Civil Rights Museum in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, is much to be celebrated. These showplaces help to create the central energy that is the real gift Main Streets can offer us. Next time you're in Charlotte, be sure to visit the Levine Museum and stroll down the Main Street. You'll enjoy it.

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