Mecklenburg Investment Company Building
Built in 1922, the Mecklenburg Investment Company (MIC) Building is one of the last remaining buildings in Charlotte’s historic Brooklyn neighborhood. Brooklyn was a predominantly black community that existed as a “town within a town” in Charlotte’s Second Ward until the neighborhood was almost entirely displaced due to a wave of urban renewal in the 1960s and 70s.
The MIC Building was a key structure in Brooklyn that housed black businesses, professional offices, and civic and social organizations. It was funded by and named after the Mecklenburg Investment Company, an investment group comprising of black leaders in the Brooklyn community that was created to support black businesses.
The group was founded by Mr. C. R. Blake, Sr., Mr. A. E. Spears, Thad L. Tate, and Dr. A. J. Williams.
We featured Thad Tate’s statue located on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway on “Where Are We In CLT?” back in March. Take a look and read more oh his story here.
The MIC Building is still a vital part of Charlotte’s Uptown community with both Studio 229 and the Brooklyn Collective seeking to continue its legacy.
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