Spirits in the Absence of Stones: Restoring Western North Carolina’s Oldest Public African American Cemetery
Google Earth & GIS Map To use the Global Information Systems (GIS) map that students and alumni created, you will need to read the instructions, download the linked KML file, and also download and install Google Earth. See details at the website linked above. To use the map at the cemetery, you will need to install Google Earth on your mobile device and download the KML file as well.
Stories Beneath: Uncovering the South Asheville Cemetery Documentary film produced by Nadia Marti ’16 and Gabrielle Holodnak ’17 for the Documentary Film course with Professors Heather Stewart Harvey and Jeffrey Keith. Interviews included: George Gibson & George Taylor, Olivia Metz, Ellen Pearson.
Reenactment of the Slave Narative of Sarah Gudger Sarah Gudger was born into slavery in Buncombe County. Freed after the Civil War, there are conflicting records of her death. She may be buried in the South Asheville Cemetery in an unmarked grave (she lived at the time of her death on Dalton Street), or she may be buried in Swannanoa (where her former owners lived). Sarah Gudger’s Narrative was transcribed by the Federal Writers Project Slave Narratives of 1937. This audio reenactment features actress Becky Stone. The original 1937 transcript can be found here.
Forever Free: Slave Ownership Records for Buncombe County In recent years, the Buncombe County Register of Deeds has undergone a massive initiative to digitize the slave deed records kept by the county. “The Register of Deeds Office presents these records in an effort to help remember our past so we will never again repeat it.”
South Asheville Cemetery Association This website for the association was created by Warren Wilson College students in the 2014 Appalachian Semester. On it, you can find more information, history, maps, videos, articles, and many other resources.