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
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?
Have you not gotten your copy of Hidden History of Asheville yet? If it's because you're prone to not go Downtown Asheville, we'll be at the Barnes & Noble at the Asheville Mall for a book signing Saturday August 17th, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00.
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
Pauli Murray was ahead of her time. . . ROSA PARKS WAS ARRESTED FOR CHALLENGING THE BUS SEGREGATION LAWS IN 1954. PAULI MURRAY WAS ARRESTED AND JAILED FOR THE SAME CRIME IN 1940! LUNCH COUNTER SIT-INS IN GREENSBORO IN 1964 BROUGHT NATIONAL ATTENTION TO JIM CROW. PAULI MURRAY AND FELLOW HOWARD LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS HAD … Continue reading Who Was 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
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
You may (or not) have memories of Roy Rogers riding Trigger or Dale Evans on her horse Buttermilk as you watched a small-screen console television in black and white. In the late 1990’s I saw a 24-foot replica of Trigger atop a building as I exited the interstate for The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans … Continue reading Trigger the Wonder Pony
Victor H. Ring may not have coined the phrase "driving while black", but he understood first-hand the various roadblocks and bumps in the road for black travelers 80 years ago. The first issue of The Negro Motorist Green Book was published in 1937. In fifteen pages, Mr. Green offered a guide to New York … Continue reading Asheville’s Listings in The Green Book