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

Asheville Black Family History and Stephens-Lee High School Graduates

Are any of these people your relatives?   Former graduates of Stephens-Lee High School, educational achievements and biographical information. We felt very fortunate to find these photographs, as well as the information regarding when these early graduates of Stephens-Lee completed their studies. The further information about their later educational attainments and what the were doing … Continue reading Asheville Black Family History and Stephens-Lee High School Graduates

Professor J.H. Michael’s Early Work to Further the Education of Black Teachers–Asheville 1915-1921

John Henry Michael was born in Alabama in 1867. He was the son of Robert Lee and Martha Michael. J.H. Michael graduated from the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and from Branch Normal of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. (1) He married Lela B. in 1895. Michael was hired in 1901 to serve as principal of Asheville's Catholic … Continue reading Professor J.H. Michael’s Early Work to Further the Education of Black Teachers–Asheville 1915-1921