Asheville African-American Community

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An Asheville business program created to support women and communities of color who want to do business with the city  just got a makeover.  BPR’s Helen Chickering has details.

Pack Memorial Library

While it is a major tourist destination, Asheville is not home to many museums.  The push to build one to honor and memorialize the city’s African-American history comes at an important moment in Asheville’s overall history.  


Last month Asheville City Council members and school officials gathered to address  the growing  gap in discipline rates and academic achievement between  black and white students in the district.

High school students have had a lot to say about racial disparity on campus.

Jeremy James

The percentage of black students at four of Western North Carolina's universities is low, and so is the number of faculty members at each schools that could mentors for those students.

The Shiloh Elementary school served Asheville's African-American community from the 1920's until it graduated its last class in 1969.  Shiloh was one of the more than 45-hundred Rosenwald Schools, which were built in the early 20th century to serve African-American students in rural parts of the Southern U.S.  There were also Rosenwald Schools in Brevard and Mars Hill.  They were created through a partnership of Julius Rosenwald, a white Jewish businessman and philanthropist, and Booker T.

Library Of Congress

The 5th annual African-Americans in WNC and Southern Appalachia Conference was held at the end of October on the campus of UNC Asheville.  The theme of this year's conference was 'Making The Invisible Visible'.  Four students gave presentations at the conference on research projects they were doing for the fall semester.  BPR will feature three of those students on-air during Morning Edition this week as they completed their research this month.  First up is junior Flo Jacques, who researched the history of aid and educational opportunities for African-Americans in Western North Carolina.


Asheville’s restaurant scene is one of the big reasons why the city’s national profile continues to rise.  African-American restauranteurs, chefs, and cooks will be honored at an event Wednesday afternoon showcasing the role Asheville’s black population has in the industry.

On the Walls at WCQS: A selection of the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection, titled "The Way We Were," will be on display at WCQS, starting October 7, 2016. The photos depict Asheville's African-American community from the 1950's to the 1970s. WCQS will host an an opening reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 7. The photos will be on display through November at WCQS, located at 73 Broadway. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, except holidays.