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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville

HIST 396.001 Out of the Archives: Adventures in Digital History: Lucy Herring Papers and Heritage of Black Highlanders (Education Series)

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Additional Ramsey Library Source Material


Strangers No More: Memoirs. Lucy Herring, Carlton Press, 1983.

Blacks in Appalachia. Edited by Turner William H. and Cabbell Edward J. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 1985

Race, War, and Remembrance in the Appalachian South. John C. Inscoe, Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 2008

Education in Buncombe County, 1793-1965. Leonard P. Miller,

Public School Education in Buncombe County, 1935-1969. Zera Hall Roberson,

A History of the Public School System of Asheville, North Carolina. W. H. Plemmons,


Waters, Darin J. 2012. Life Beneath The Veneer: The Black Community In Asheville, North Carolina From 1793 to 1900. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Academic Journal Articles

Judson, Sarah. "I Am a Nasty Branch Kid": Women's Memories of Place in the Era of Asheville's Urban Renewal." The North Carolina Historical Review 91, no. 3 (2014): 323-50.

Waters, Darin J., Gene Hyde, and Kenneth Betsalel. "In-Between the Color Lines with a Spy Camera: The Appalachian Urban Folk Photography of Isaiah Rice." Southern Cultures 23, no. 1 (2017): 92-113.

Waters, Darin J. “Philanthropic Experimentation: George Vanderbilt, the YMI, and Racial Uplift Ideology in Asheville, North Carolina, 1892–1906.” North Carolina Historical Review 95, no. 3 (June 2018): 313–39.

Cabbell, Edward J. "Black Invisibility and Racism in Appalachia: An Informal Survey." Appalachian Journal 8, no. 1 (1980): 48-54.


Collection Description

Lucy Herring was an influential Black educator who worked in the Asheville and Buncombe County school systems for 35 years. She also worked with members of Asheville's Black community to gather historic photos and documents that were donated to UNC Asheville in 1977 as the Heritage of Black Highlanders Collection. This project would describe the history of the Black schools in Asheville, and includes documents, newspaper clippings, photos, and Lucy Herring's autobiography. Some materials from other collections could be included to complete a portrait of school desegregation in Asheville.

Other Source Material

Archivist Gene Hyde's blog post on Lucy Herring:

ASCORE- With All Deliberate Speed - a history of desegregation in Buncombe County 

2003 History Thesis: 

Fryar, James -- Asheville City School Board: Efforts to Successfully Desegregate the School System ; can copy/publish (we can share a scanned copy of this paper with you)

Center for Diversity Education - Oral Histories Collected for With All Deliberate Speed