“Imagine there’s a small town called Bondageville, named after its distinguished founder, Samuel Ashe Bondage.”
“Please stop with the ridiculousness of all this.”
“Since history is to be interpreted by today’s tastes and not by the messy past, what about the French Broad. Let’s make it the French Wide.”
Vance, Patton, Woodfin, Henderson, Weaver, Chunn, Baird — their names are familiar to anyone living in Asheville and Buncombe County today. All were wealthy and influential civic leaders. They were also major slaveholders or slave traders and white supremacists.