Charlotte Museum of History

Photograph courtesy of the Charlotte Museum of History

In 1903, the Mecklenburg County school board purchased an acre of land in east Charlotte for a mere $10. Today, the Siloam School — the building that was constructed on that land in 1920 — is considered priceless.

The Charlotte Museum of History will unveil a new exhibit Saturday that highlights the impact the Siloam School has had on education in Charlotte. The exhibit also showcases the process and importance behind saving and preserving historical landmarks, and it encourages visitors to think more critically about the history of schooling and segregation in America.

The exhibit consists of floor-to-ceiling diagrams, historical artifacts found in or around the school, a virtual walk-through of the school and a rotunda-esque display that makes visitors feel as if they are inside the schoolhouse.

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