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LitCafé: Anne Chesky Smith Presents Murder at Asheville’s Battery Park Hotel

08/24/2021 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Join us live via Zoom Tuesday, August 24 at 6PM for a special LitCafé event. WNCHA Executive Director Anne Chesky Smith will discuss her new book Murder at Asheville’s Battery Park Hotel: The Search for Helen Clevenger’s Killer, out July 26.

In 1936, Helen Clevenger’s uncle discovered her bloodied body crumpled on the floor of her small room in Asheville’s grand Battery Park Hotel. She had been shot through the chest. Buncombe County sheriff Laurence Brown, up for reelection, desperately searched for the white teenager’s killer as the public clamored for answers. Even after Sheriff Brown secured a confession from a young Black man, many southerners feared that the crime had not been solved. Author Anne Chesky Smith weaves together varying accounts of the murder and investigation to expose a complex and disturbing chapter in Asheville’s history. Anne will also lead us in an audience Q&A session at the conclusion of the program.

Anne Chesky Smith

About the Author: Anne Chesky Smith holds MA degrees in Appalachian studies and cultural anthropology. She serves as the executive director of the Western North Carolina Historical Association and lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her family.


Tickets: This is a free event. If you are able please consider making a donation along with your registration. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets for future events at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise. Registrants will receive an email with their Zoom link.


Location: This is now a virtual event, held via Zoom.

Purchase the Book: You can pre-order your copy at Malaprop’s. Event registrants will receive a 10% discount code to use for your online purchase when you purchase your ticket.

For questions about this event, email Trevor Freeman at [email protected]


Western North Carolina Historical Association
Buncombe County Special Collections


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