Black history

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection

Virgil Bryson was a free Black man who helped register voters in Jackson County after the Civil War in 1868. He was threatened by the early version of the KKK and supported by the Freedman’s Bureau.  

Although much about Bryson remains unknown, BPR  talked with local historians and community members about his story – and what we can learn from him today.  

Ellerna Bryson Forney is a native of Jackson County, who is now 58.  She has looked deeply into her family history, but she’d never heard of Virgil Bryson. 

Cory Vaillancourt

1898 was a violent year in North Carolina.  The white supremacist coup that took place in Wilmington that year is getting more and more attention as history is re-examined.  Similar racist violence took place across the state that year, including an incident in the mountains that can still be felt today. 

History teacher John deVille convened a group of marchers in Franklin on a cold Saturday evening.

“We are here tonight to remember Mitchell Mozeley, who was killed illegally by a mob 123 years ago tonight,” said deVille.

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.

Asheville Juneteenth Event to Focus on Equity

Jun 19, 2019

 

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