Palmer Memorial Institute Dormitory Revitalization

On May 4, 2022 it was announced that the former dormitories of the Palmer Memorial Institute were part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list. Inclusion on this list was the result of work done by the Division of State Historic Sites and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) to bring attention to this valuable cultural resource in North Carolina.


 The Palmer Memorial Institute was a beacon of Black excellence, a boarding school founded by educator and activist, Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown. The dormitories—Galen Stone Hall, Charles W. Eliot Hall, Reynolds Hall—housed students and provided a space for their social development.

Join the staff of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum along with the Division of State Historic Sites and DNCR as they start the long journey of saving this North Carolina treasure. To keep up with and be part of the work being done to save these buildings sign up below!