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 23
  • 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Cornelius Town Hall

This year's program will feature:

  • Learn about the 150-year history of Torrence Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Guest speaker and historian, Dr. Tom Hatchett, retired from Levine Museum of the New South, with a presentation on the Smithville Rosenwald School
  • Art exhibit
  • Children's activities
  • Memorabilia
  • Performances
  • Refreshments
View the photo album from our 2018 celebration.

This is a free community event.
BHM Celebration
Father and Son: Trey Miles

Special Art Exhibit: John Robert "Trey" Miles III

Charlotte artist, Trey Miles, received a BFA in Art with a concentration in graphic design from Western Carolina University. After graduation, he accepted a job as a high school art teacher with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Trey's earlier work focused on the aesthetic  relationships between shape, form and color. His current work is heavily influenced by the collage work of fellow Charlotte native, Romare Bearden. 

Miles' work will be on display at Town Hall February 12-March 1. 

Artist Statement: I want the world to understand that collage is not just cutting and pasting pictures on a page. Instead, it's more like taking puzzle pieces that were never meant to fit together and forcing them to not only fit, but also to make an aesthetically pleasing image.   Visit his website for more.

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.