Black history

Cory Vaillancourt

For the first time, Juneteenth will be an official holiday across the country. Beyond governments, local institutions are also recognizing the holiday for the first time.  Here’s how Lake Junaluska will celebrate Juneteenth for the first time:

Courtesy of Ann Miller Woodford

  Here’s part one of BPR’s features on Ann Miller Woodford.

Earlier this week, we profiled local historian Ann Miller Woodford, who published “When All God’s Children Get Together.”  It’s about the history of the Black communities of Western North Carolina.

Courtesy of WNC Historical Association and Ann Miller Woodford

The Western North Carolina Historical Association is located in Asheville's oldest brick house - where at least 70 people were enslaved. Now the association is hosting an exhibit about the history of Black communities west of Asheville.  Author and historian Ann Miller Woodford talks with BPR about why its important to learn about the region’s history – and how to apply it to the present.


Equity is at the center of an event this evening celebrating the more than 150 years since slavery ended.