Are You a Card-Carrying, Up-to-Date Member of the Friends of the North Carolina Room?

Join other Asheville residents who love local history. For just $15.00/year, you help: support monthly local history programs pay for equipment for community outreach projects help to document all of Buncombe County And you get invited to our yearly social! "History is not just something that happened long ago and far away. History happens to … Continue reading Are You a Card-Carrying, Up-to-Date Member of the Friends of the North Carolina Room?

Asheville’s First City Schools for Black Students

Part One: Blacks Vote for Public Education, Win a Separate but Unequal Place in the New School System When Asheville went to the polls in July 1887 and narrowly approved a resolution establishing tax-supported public schools, black voters provided the crucial margin of support. The city took this step forward during an era of educational … Continue reading Asheville’s First City Schools for Black Students

Did your African American Ancestor March From Asheville to Volunteer in the Spanish American War?

In our recent post "PART 2: A WHO’S WHO LIST OF PROMINENT BLACK ASHEVILLE BUSINESSMEN IN 1922" we were giving the story of Noah Murrough and said that he had joined the Maceo Volunteers, a company of “colored men under Capt. Thomas L. Leatherwood” that left Asheville in July 1898 for Cuba. It occured to me … Continue reading Did your African American Ancestor March From Asheville to Volunteer in the Spanish American War?

Glady Community: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities

Glady is in Upper (as opposed to Lower) Hominy Township up NC 151 on the scenic drive to Mount Pisgah. It's roughly 3.5 miles from Jugtown, Luther, or Turnpike! Yes, there are many communities in the Hominy Townships. The first news article about Glady that I found was from February 1886. Mr. J.E. McElrath placed … Continue reading Glady Community: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities

Event: Becky Stone Portrays Civil Rights Activist Pauli Murray

In Celebration of Women's History Month Becky Stone Portrays Civil Rights Activist Pauli Murray Thursday March 28, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:00 Lord Auditorium, Pack Memorial Library, Lower Level All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served I Pauli Murray was a published poet. An Episcopal Priest. An Attorney and … Continue reading Event: Becky Stone Portrays Civil Rights Activist Pauli Murray

“You Have to Start a Thing” a Quick Introduction to Some Self-Starting Ladies of Biltmore Village: 52 Weeks 52 Communities

March is Women's History Month, and I would never forgive myself if I didn't share some of the amazing photos we have in our collection of some of the incredible women who lived their lives, in whole or part, in the Biltmore Village community. Beyond the "Lady on the Hill" there are some fascinating stories … Continue reading “You Have to Start a Thing” a Quick Introduction to Some Self-Starting Ladies of Biltmore Village: 52 Weeks 52 Communities