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.

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Pipe dream come true

For years, people living near the contaminated former CTS of Asheville site have asked to be placed on city water. Extremely high levels of trichloroethylene, a known carcinogen, have repeatedly been found in some Mills Gap residents’ wells. On Sept. 25, Asheville City Council unanimously approved extending water lines to all 129 households within a mile of the site.

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 […]

Zoned out: The parcels, on a sloping area in Kenilworth, that were the subject of some contention on City Council. In the end, an attempt at rezoning couldn’t get the necessary votes. Image from city of Asheville

Checks and balances

Asheville City Council May10, 2011 meeting Living wage required on some city contracts Council bumps up recycling fee A Kenilworth rezoning proposed by city planning staff proved to be a microcosm of Asheville’s complex zoning issues. Frustration and contention were the order of the day when the proposed rezoning of the Kenilworth Inn and some […]

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 […]