Ticket Giveaway! Hood Huggers Tour of black Asheville

DeWayne Barton and the Hood Hugger tour van. Photo by Adam McMillan

The tour begins at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, the building that used to be the gymnasium of the former Stephens-Lee High School, the only high school in Western North Carolina for African-Americans at the time of its construction in 1922. It then winds around Asheville with insightful and engaging guidance from artist, poet and visionary DeWayne Barton.

Hood Tours visits the landmarks of Asheville’s black neighborhoods and business centers while discussing the African-American community’s past, present and future.[Grab a copy of this week’s Xpress to read the story about Barton’s insightful and engaging tours.]

Driving tours run most Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at noon. To be entered to win a pair of tickets for a tour, just comment below by noon on Sunday, Jan. 29.


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18 thoughts on “Ticket Giveaway! Hood Huggers Tour of black Asheville

  1. Susan H

    I have heard wonderful things about this tour and would love to be able to experience it myself.

  2. Lindig Harris

    I’ve lived here a long time, off and on, but probably don’t know enough about Black Asheville, so I’d like to take a tour and see it all. Thanks.

  3. Susanne Cooper

    New to Asheville, having moved up here from Atlanta. I would love to take this tour and learn about Black history and current community in Asheville.

  4. Patricia Hearron

    Read about this tour a few months ago, but never got around to following through. This opportunity is the prompt I needed. Hope to get to go.

  5. Davida Sara

    This tour is highlighting an important aspect of Asheville’s community: the unsung Black communities of Asheville; and, how expansion (26 and 240) have sliced up and demolished some proud homesteads. I am wondering what will be left around the YMI as ‘gentrification’ continues. There is room for all of us. Let creativity flow. Let respect mitigate the ‘you are different from me fever’ that is going around. Respect brings accept and support for each other. Life blooms.

  6. Marla

    Would so enjoy discovering the seemingly hidden historic African American community/sites here in Asheville

  7. Andrea

    I have long been interested in the history of black Asheville and I have been looking forward to this tour. Thanks so much

  8. James MacKenzie

    Best named tour in town.
    Can’t wait to take this tour, whether I win or not.

  9. Annelinde

    Having visited DeWayne’s Peace Garden, heard his poetry and seen up-close his dedication to his neighborhood, its history and people, I would love to be part of the tour. His insight must be phenomenal.

  10. Catharine

    I am relatively new to Asheville and have heard wonderful things about Hood Tours. I look forward to experiencing, learning.

  11. Win Southworth

    I’ve lived in the Asheville area for 12 years, and it’s about time I learned more about the local history of black neighborhoods.

  12. David Carr

    As a white male who is working to share his white privilege with the underserved, I will be taking this tour whether I win or not. Carrpe Diem! Dave

  13. Erica Anderson

    Would love to learn more about our community! Thank you

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