Here are some sources of information about the South Asheville Cemetery and African American history in western North Carolina.

Warren Wilson College Mapping Projects on the South Asheville Cemetery

  • This website includes links to a map of gravesites in the cemetery that the Warren Wilson College archeology crew generated at the end of the twentieth century by probing the ground and carefully recording the locations of 1,961 bodies in the cemetery.  More recently, the archeology crew collaborated with Warren Wilson College's global information system (GIS) crew and Linden Blaisus, a recent WWC graduate, to create a .KML file that allows people to see the grave soundings on Google Earth, while the map also fuses information about what--if any--gravestones marked the site at the time of the initial mapping. View a .PDF of the gravesite soundings via this link. If you have an updated Google Earth plug in and are running Google Chrome as your browser, then you can easily view the interactive GIS map via this website. If you are interested in downloading the .KML file (which will automatically open in Google Earth if you have downloaded Google Earth onto your computer), then you can do so via this link.

University of North Carolina-Asheville Special Collections

Buncombe County Register of Deeds

  • The Buncombe County Office of the Register of Deeds includes deeds for slaves, and Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger has been working with many people--most notably Deborah Miles (UNCA)--to promote awareness about these documents and the legacies of slavery in Buncombe County.  For information on that project see the short film Forever Free.

Pack Library North Carolina Collection

  • The North Carolina Collection in the Pack Memorial Library is an excellent resource for anyone seeking to learn more about regional history.  There is more to be discovered in this library research room. Get out there and make a discovery!

Media Coverage & Independent Websites