African American Heritage Trail: Community Input Survey
This survey is part of a community engagement process meant to inform the development of the African American Heritage Trail sites and stories.
Step 1: Please review the collection of story samples on display at the YMI Cultural Center during September 2021 or online here:
Step 2: Submit your input in this short survey.
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REVIEW THE COLLECTION OF STORY SAMPLES PRIOR TO COMPLETING THE SURVEY.
I learned something new.
I found this collection of stories engaging.
I would like to learn more about these and/or other stories about the history of the African American community in the Asheville area.
Please indicate which of the following themes are represented in this collection of stories: (Select all that apply)
Accomplishments & Contributions of the Black community in Asheville
Highlighting Groups that Supported the Community
Agency & the Capacity to Express Individual Power
Combating Misconceptions & Preserving History for Future Generations
Please let us know which of the stories spoke to you the most: (Select all that apply)
Story #1: Unsung Builders of the Railroads
Story #2: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters: First Black Union Helps Strengthen Local Community
Story #3: One Man's Relentless Fight: W. R. Saxon of Southside Never Gave Up
Story #4: When Southside Was the Place to Be
Story #5: Black Residents Rely Upon Each Other for Medical Care
Story #6: Student Activism Accelerated Desegregation
Story #7: Baseball Fan E.W. Pearson Builds Asheville Royal Giants Team, Park, and Stadium
Story #8: Early Political Victory by Freedman N. Shepard
Story #9: National Treasures Attended Asheville’s Allen School for Girls
Provide an explanation of why the story, or stories, spoke to you.
Do you feel this collection of stories honors and preserves the history of African Americans in the Asheville area?
Do you have information or insight on any of these stories that you would like to submit for consideration?
What other sites, stories or individuals would you like to see become part of the African American Heritage Trail?
What part of the African American experience in Asheville do you think history most often overlooks or excludes?
Tell us about yourself:
What is your age?
18 or under
19 - 25
26 - 35
36 - 50
51 - 65
66 and older
Prefer not to answer
What is your race/ethnicity? (Select all that apply)
Prefer not to answer
How long have you lived in the Asheville area?
What is your zip code?
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