Her Story: Charlotte H. Brown

Charlotte H. Brown

Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown (1883-1961) was the founder and leader of the Palmer Memorial Institute (PMI), a trailblazing prep school for African-American girls.

Brown was born on June 11, 1883, in North Carolina. When Brown was 18 she decided to open a school specifically for African-American girls in order to give them greater opportunities through education. She began raising money, purchased a 200-acre piece of land and began construction. In 1902 she opened her doors and named the school after Alice Freeman Palmer, a woman who dedicated her life to women’s education.

Through dedication and determination, Charlotte Hawkins Brown helped elevate over 1000 women through education during her 50 years as president.

Charlotte H. Brown

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