Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Promise Land Community Club

  • Charlotte, TN
  • www.promiselandtn.com

Mission Statement

To preserve and interpret the Historic Promise Land Site for future generations and to implement interpretative programs specific to the Promise Land Community and the African American cultural experience in general.

Main Programs

  1. Promise Land Festival
  2. Site Tours and Field Visits
  3. Community Outreach
Service Areas

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Tennessee

The PLCC is located in Dickson County in the City of Charlotte. The primary zip codes served include the following: 37036, 37051, 37055 and 37056.

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer since 2007

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Ms. Serina K. Gilbert

Keywords

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DICKSON school education enrichment preservation youth

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EIN

41-2182291

 Number

0462827847

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments:March 9, 2015, awarded the Frank G. Clement; 2015 Civil Rights Award by the Clement Railroad Hotel State MuseumMarch 17, 2015, awarded the Tennessee Association Museum (TAM) Award for hosting the Smithsonian "Changing America" exhibition.Successfully hosted the "Changing America: Emancipation Proclamation 1863 and the March on Washington 1963" traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. from May 15 to June 27, 2014. Had over 1200 visitors. Successfully hosted two conversations sponsored by Humanities Tennessee Conversations Bureau. One was held during October 2014 when 28 attended and the second one was held April 2015 when 18 attended. Received an ABC Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission for an event at the 2014 Promise Land Community Festival held June 2015; Organized and presented three Black History Month programs at the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum.Successful hosted the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation traveling exhibition entitled "Free At Last" from September 1 to October 27, 2014. Nearly 300 saw this exhibition the majority who visited were youth between the ages of 10 to 18.Successfully received $675 through the CFMT's "Big Payback" giving campaign, andWill host the traveling exhibition from Tennessee State Museum from June 4 to August 2, 2015. Goals: Increase visitations to site by 10% over the previous year;Submit proposal and be awarded a grant from Community Foundation for a youth summer enrichment program for Summer 2015;Submit grant proposal and receive approval from Tennessee Arts Commission for 2015 Festival Program;Generate additional revenue by allowing external groups, organizations and individuals to use new center for meetings, retreats, etc. andContinue to build media center's collection of books, films and periodicals for onsite use by the public.Raise funds to make repairs on the historic structures.Repair roof and install gutters on historic building

Programs

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Program 1

Promise Land Festival

The Promise Land Festival held annually celebrates the heritage of this Charlotte community settled by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period. The primary purpose of the event is to bring about awareness of the historical significance of the community and to foster support for it's preservation including the restoration and maintenance of the remaining community icons, the historic Promise Land School and Church. The event is held on land surrounding the school and church buildings. Festival include musical and dance performances; living history demonstrations and reenactments; art and craft exhibits; special recognitions; health and fitness information booths; silent auction; a parade of hats and a gospel concert. There are a variety of food concessions and non-food vendors.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 2

Site Tours and Field Visits

The historic Promise Land Community site offer organized tours and field visits by appointment throughout the year. In the past year 2014 to 2015 we have had 25 guided tours of the site. On May 14, 2014 we received a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute. From September 1 through October 27, 2014, we received a 2nd exhibition from the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation. The two exhibitions increased visits to our historic site over 100%.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$9,000.00

Program 3

Community Outreach

The PLCC offers community social services which includes an annual giveaway of school supplies; distrubution of gifts (tolietries and personal items) to nursing home residents; and a maintenance supply closet to assist needy college students with items such as school supplies, toiletries and cleaning supplies. The program is supported through a partnership with the Community Resource Center in Nashville and through special fundraising projects sponsored by the organization such as "The Parade of Hats for Healthy Hearts" a special festival event. In addition to offering these tangible services, we offer public educational and cultural enriching programs through the showing of documentary films and discussions facilitated by humanities scholars. In March 2015, the PLCC entered a partnership agreement with Humanities Tennessee so that we might expand these programs.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$125.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

The PLCC is located in Dickson County in the City of Charlotte. The primary zip codes served include the following: 37036, 37051, 37055 and 37056.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

1. Repair of the roof of historic building at a cost of $6,0002. Placement of gutters on historic school building at cost of $1,500 3. Replace rotten siding on front of historic school building estimated at $5004. Replace aluminum siding on historic church building estimated at $2,0005. Repair of floors in the historic building at an estimated cost of $2,500 6. Increase in volunteers assist with tours and clerical duties

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Promise Land Community Club

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Serina K. Gilbert

BIO

A graduate of the 2008 Dickson County Leadership Class, Ms. Gilbert earned a B.S. Degree in Social Administration from Tennessee State University, August 1968 and a Master of Social Work from Howard University, Washington, D.C., May 1980. She has had over 35 years experience in the field of Social Work and Human Services. This diversified experience included clinical social work, administration, community organization and teaching. She has worked as an independent consultant, establishing medical adult daycare centers from ground up; as a clinical researcher at Howard University College of Medicine under a grant from the National Institutes of Health; served as a social work clinician at hospitals and health department in New York City and Metropolitan D.C.; served as Director of Social Work and Discharge Planning for Dimensions Health Care Systems in Prince George's County Maryland; and served as adjunct professor at Howard University School of Social Work and the University of Maryland School of Social Work at Baltimore and Baltimore County. In 2003, she relocated back to her hometown in Charlotte, Tennessee where she immediately became involved in civic and community work. She has served on the Board for United Way of Dickson; Dickson County Health Council; Dickson County Community Arts Development; and the Child Advocacy Center's Board of Directors. In addition, she served on the Dickson County Heritage Book Committee and was a recipient of the 2008 Governor's Volunteer Star Award.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"In addition to historic preservation, the PLCC is strongly committed to community services. Our motto, "Preserving our past for an even better future", speaks to this commitment. This include service to all, with emphasis on the youth. The PLCC has partnered with Charlotte Elementary School. Each Christmas we give gifts to the children from that school participating in the Backpack Program. Since 2005, the PLCC has hosted an annual Youth Day. This event is characterized by workshops presented by various experts on youth oriented issues i.e. peer pressure; bullying; sex and promiscuity, etc. During this event school supplies are given away to attendees. For the past three years, we have coordinated a special art enrichment program for youth. Through a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commision and coordinated efforts of county school teachers and other consultants the "Promise Land Celebration Choir" was established. This group of youngsters from grades K- 8 audition each year to sing in the choir at the Promise Land Festival. This year many of them will be returning for the third time to participate. The Promise Land Festival help to further our community service objectives. Free health screening and information are offered by participating health organizations. In addition to this, the PLCC has worked with the Health Department in coordinating a site for Flu shots for residents of the North end of the county; provided gifts to area nursing home residents; provided assistance to individual faced with financial or health crisis; provided textbook stipends for college students; participated in the Dickson County ACS Chapter's Annual Cancer Crusade and other such activities. The ultimate plan is to recreate the restored school building into a one-room classroom as it was during the Reconstruction Period. It will serve as a public museum where visitors can learn about the history of the area and experience what it was like to attend a one room school during this historic era. The adjoining modular building equipped with restroom facilities will serve as a meeting room for visitors. It will also serve as a community center for PLCC special events and meetings, and will be available for use by the community groups for activities such as: civic meetings; church groups; receptions; family reunions, etc. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Charles J. Elston

Dickson County School System

Term: June 2014 - May 2017

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