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Miss Charlotte Rhone was a founder and the third president of the Climbers Club of New Bern, a non-profit organization of African American women. Rhone was also the first black registered nurse in North Carolina and the first black social worker in Craven County.
The history of West Street Colored Library in New Bern started in 1936 by six citizens including men and women, both black and white from respected civic, religious, and educational backgrounds. The library prospered and grew until 1973 when it was turned over to the Climbers Club, now called the Charlotte Rhone Cultural Center.