Learn about our current and recent work in the community!
Hearing the Ancestors' Voices: African American Cemeteries
In the spring of 2022, Dr. Holmes Pearson’s Hands-On History students conducted headstone surveys for the South Asheville Cemetery and Shiloh A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery. Undergraduate Research Assistants Tori Rigsby and Emily Kerr created databases of those surveys, which can be found at the link below.
Telling the Ancestors' Stories: The Families of South Asheville & Shiloh
In the spring of 2023, Dr. Holmes Pearson’s “Out of the Archives: Adventures in Digital History” class conducted research on four families from the Shiloh and South Asheville communities. They created ArcGIS Story Maps based on their research. Links to those projects are to the right. Dr. Bradbury’s Intermediate Interactive media students teamed up with the Digital History students to create AR and VR projects that were displayed in a Pop-Up Exhibit at the end of the semester.
Spring, 2023 Digital History Projects :
- “The Bailey Family: From 1881-1941, those who are interred in the South Asheville Cemetery and their legacy” by Bella Guieb, Deb Irwin, & Nick Wilson
- “The Burgin/Burgans of South Asheville Cemetery” by Hayley Kintz, Raign Biddix, & Nikki Valdez
- “The Owens Family: Sowing Shiloh’s Stories” by Benson Hughes, Amber James, & Emily Kerr
- “The White Family and the Shiloh Community” by Micheal Dennis, Cassidy Joyner & Ell Woolard
African American Women's Labor
828 Research Assistants are in the process of researching and documenting Black Women’s labor in the early 20th century in Asheville.