In times like these, we need examples of courage and leadership more than ever. Thad Tate, one of Charlotte’s earliest and most influential African American businessmen, checks both of those boxes. He was a leader in the community who owned and operated an uptown barbershop for over 60 years, served as director of the Mechanics’ Perpetual Building and Loan Company and made various civic contributions such as founding the Grace A.M.E. Zion Church, a Brevard Street branch of the public library, and a branch of the YMCA.
He also founded the Mecklenburg Investment Company. It’s building is one of the few that still remain from the old Brooklyn neighborhood. Thad was focused on making Charlotte better and doing what was right for the community. There is a lesson to be learned here, as we all are trying to do what’s best for our community during these trying times.
Thad Tate’s statue can be found on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway at the Metropolitan. The Mecklenburg Investment Company building can be found at 233 S. Brevard St.
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