BIG PICTURE: A young Cliff Cotton poses with his aunt Iola Byers on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The photograph was among several images that changed Simone Honey’s perception of the Buncombe County Special Collections. It’s necessary that Americans recognize and reflect on the trauma and inhumane treatment Black citizens have and continue to face, Simone notes. However, dwelling exclusively in these events, especially as a person of color “will take a toll on your mind,” she says. “It’s important that we see Black and Indigenous Americans as humans.” Photo courtesy of the Buncombe County Special Collections

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