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The Great Smoky Mountains African American Experience – A Townhall Event

October 22, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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UNC Asheville’s Africana Studies Program & Department of History invites you to listen, learn, and participate in a unique community project. On Oct. 22, The National Park Service’s Antoine Fletcher will lead a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A about the untold stories of African Americans in and around the Smokies. You are invited—and encouraged—to share information about this event, especially with elders, leaders, storytellers, activists, and the bon vivant in your local African American community. The African American Experience project is seeking their knowledge and yours!

To tell the story of the African American lived experience in the Great Smoky Mountains region of Appalachia, Fletcher has been conducting research constructed from the 1540s to the present day. Research topics in this framework include slavery, the American Civil War, social dynamics, laws and policies, careers, recreation, and oral histories. These untold stories and more will be compiled to educate park visitors on the vital historical contributions of African Americans throughout Appalachia.

Register for this event through Zoom. For more information, contact Emily Herzog at eherzog@unca.edu.


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Visitors must have a permit to park on campus — please visit the Transportation website to register.



October 22, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Africana Studies Program
Department of History