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HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTS AND CULTURE

515 S. Tryon St., 704/374-1565, www.aacc-charlotte.org

HOURS: Tues .-Sat. 10 A.M.-5 P.M., Sun. 1-5 P.M.

COST: $5 adults, $3.50 children under 12

The Afro-American Cultural Center was founded in 1974 during a festival on African-American culture, and was housed in the former Little Rock AME Zion Church in Uptown for more than three decades. In 2009, the center got a new location and a new name honoring Harvey B. Gantt, a politician and civic leader. Gantt served as the first and only black mayor of Charlotte from 1974 to 1983, was the first African American admitted to Clemson University in South Carolina, and served on the North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Council and the Democratic National Committee. The 46,500-square-foot facility that bears his name is committed to preserving, promoting, and presenting African-American art, history, and culture. The center offers educational programs, stages live performances, and exhibits the works of African-American artists. It houses the Hewitt Collection, a total of 58 works by 20 African-American artists, including Charlotte artist Romare Bearden. The exterior of the building was designed using patterns often found in quilt designs from the Underground Railroad era.

The former Afro-American Cultural Center moved into this brand new building and changed its name to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for

African American Arts and Culture.

He constantly experiments with innovations, for example, trying unusual Ghana Map blends and screwcaps, and using rule-breaking methods to nurture subtle nuances from each vintage. Ghana Map Visitors can taste the latest releases at the sleek tasting room in downtown Los Olivos, which mirrors Murray’s minimalist, unassuming approach to winemaking. A four-decade music playlist livens up the space, which has a mahogany tasting bar, a comfy sofa, and gift displays. Out on the small front porch, tasters can relax and enjoy picnics with their wine. On weekends Murray welcomes visitors to the hilltop winery in the San Rafael Mountains, about five miles north of downtown Los Olivos. A covered terrace overlooking vineyards provides a stellar setting for tastings and picnics.

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