Image: George Avery, 1917
Formerly enslaved by the McDowell family, Avery became caretaker of the South Asheville Cemetery, WNC’s oldest public cemetery for African-American burials, after emancipation.
SHARING THE STORIES OF
PEOPLE & MOUNTAINS
The Western North Carolina Historical Association celebrates the enduring stories that define and shape our region. Through special exhibits and tours of the Smith-McDowell House, we strive to celebrate the stories of people from all backgrounds who have called western North Carolina home, with two key goals — to advance the understanding of our shared history and to explore how this history relates to the issues we face in the present.