Thompson Park in Charlotte in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Thaddeus Lincoln Tate
Business and Civic Leader
From the 1890s to the 1940s, Mr. Tate owned the Uptown Barber Shop where his customers included prominent businessmen. He leveraged the friendships he forged with them to generate opportunities for African Americans. His efforts resulted in the creation of the Brevard Street branch of the public library and a satellite of the YMCA—both to serve those who were traditionally disenfranchised. He was also one of the founders of Grace A.M.E. Zion Church.
Mr. Tate was instrumental in establishing the Afro-American Mutual Insurance Company and served as a director of the Mecklenburg Investment Company, which constructed the first office building in Charlotte for African-American professionals.
Erected 2015 by Trail of History. (Marker Number 16.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans Churches & Religion • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) Church series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 35° 12.736′ N, 80° 50.182′ W. Marker is in Charlotte, North Carolina, in Mecklenburg County. It is in Thompson Park. Marker can be reached from Metropolitan Avenue, 0.1 miles south of Charlottetowne Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Located on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Metropolitan Ave, Charlotte NC 28204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lewis Thompson and Pattie Clark Thompson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thompson Orphanage Campus (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thompson Orphanage (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Thompson Orphanage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ben Nash (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thompson Orphanage: A Place to Grow (approx. 0.3 miles away); This Land Once was Thompson Orphanage (approx. 0.3 miles away); They Came From Mecklenburg… / Dedicated To Those Who Serve (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlotte.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2018, by S. C. McCullough of Charlotte, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2018, by S. C. McCullough of Charlotte, North Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.