African American


Courtesy of East Riverside Photographs, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNC-Asheville, Asheville, N.C.

Enslaved Africans and free people of color and their descendants were sparsely located in the cultural region known as Appalachia, but don’t let the seeming invisibility fool you. The African cultural heritage is alive and well in Appalachia. more

Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM Good Reads

Sometime before the end of the Civil War, when “Father Abraham” had abolished slavery, thousands of African Americans found themselves facing an uncertain future. They were called “freedmen,” but how would they live? more

Sep 1, 2009 12:00 AM Features 1 Comments

YMI Cultural Center

Oliver Le Pord photo

Wealthy tycoon George W. Vanderbilt decided to erect an Asheville building “for the convenience and service of colored men and boys” who were helping to build his Biltmore House in the 1890s. more

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM Features