A simple hand-carved wooden sign marks Western North Carolina's oldest known African-American cemetery.  Nearly 2,000 bodies are crammed into the 2-acre patch of land in Asheville's Kenilworth neighborhood. Photo by Hayley Benton.

Stones and bones: Volunteers help resurrect local African-American history

A revitalized volunteer push is underway to rescue Western North Carolina’s oldest known African-American cemetery from the ravages of neglect and obscurity. The effort includes a new website that features an interactive map of the cemetery and a digital guide to each of its graves.

Civic morality 101

Developer Frank Howington and his E. F. Howington Company have once again circumvented the wishes of the residents of the Kenilworth section of Asheville and the spirit of the initial City Council vote. Howington hired the Van Winkle law firm, which employs Council member Esther Manheimer. [She] had to recuse herself, thereby changing the votes […]

Dead fountain

Kenilworth residents know they live in the city: It’s just five minutes to downtown, and a convenient bus route runs right down Kenilworth Road. On holidays, you can hear the fireworks at McCormick Field. On a sadder note, I once saw a discarded crack pipe among the leaves at Kenilworth Park. An urban neighborhood with […]