Black History Month Celebration

Join the Cornelius PARC Department, along with the Smithville CommUNITY Coalition, as we celebrate Black History Month: Sharing Our Heritage.  

  • Saturday, February 24
  • 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Cornelius Town Hall

This year's program will feature presentations from:  

  • Torrence Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Hunters Chapel United Methodist Church
  • Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Guest speaker, Carla Hanzal with the Arts & Science Council. 
  • Children's activities
  • Memorabilia
  • Performances
  • Refreshments
View the photo album from our 2017 celebration.

This is a free community event.
BHM Celebration

Special Exhibit: Romare Bearden 

As part of our Black History Month celebration, the Town is exhibiting nine amazing works byRomare Bearden (1911-1988), on loan from the Jerald Melberg Gallery of Charlotte. We encourage everyone to stop by and enjoy these beautiful and inspirational works of art.

  • February 12-28 
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cornelius Town Hall
Founded in 1910, Smithville is one of the oldest communities in Cornelius, with roots dating back to the 1880s. The Smithville CommUNITY Coalition was formed in 2011 and is made up of residents, area citizens, non-profits and faith-based communities. Their vision is to revitalize and transform their community into a vibrant, safe and attractive place to live and work that builds pride in its residents and attracts new developments of affordable homes and businesses, focusing on empowering all individuals and strengthening families.