On the latest episode of the Nooze Hounds podcast, I spoke with Terri L. White, who was named president and CEO at Charlotte Museum of History over the summer.
White, first Black woman to serve in that position, spoke with me at length about the importance of representation within the museum system. She is currently a doctoral student at UNC Charlotte, where she’s studying the economic impacts of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, focusing on communities rather than the corporations, as she explains on the podcast.
We also talked about Charlotte Museum of History’s efforts to diversify their own programming over the years and how White plans to continue to bolster those. We also talked about where the museum fits into the broader spectrum of institutions in Charlotte and how White hopes to make CMoH a keystone in the rapidly changing east Charlotte area.
We also discussed the ongoing Siloam School project. The museum announced in November that a new gift of $500,000 from The Gambrell Foundation put the total amount raised by the museum’s Save Siloam School campaign at $1.2 million, exceeding its original $1 million goal.
A local Black community centered on the Siloam Church in northeast Charlotte built the historic Siloam School in the early 1920s to give their children a quality education despite segregation. The museum resumed a fundraiser in November 2017 that aims to move the school from its original location in University City, where it is currently sitting abandoned and becoming increasingly dilapidated behind an apartment complex, to the museum property in east Charlotte, where it can be renovated and used as an educational center.
White came to the Charlotte Museum of History after previous stints in development and operations roles at both the Heinz History Center and the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh and at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum in D.C. She has a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a master’s degree in arts management from George Mason University.
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