Black Bottom’s Residents

Black Bottom’s Residents

Donald R. “Donnie” Parks, Hendersonville’s First African-American Chief of Police. Black Bottom The real estate bounded by Kanuga, Barnwell and South Church Streets once hosted “Black Bottom,” a hamlet of stilt houses occupied by members of Hendersonville’s African American townspeople. The houses, mostly built in 

Greenbook Guest House

The Landina Guest House was one of many Black-owned businesses that served the Black community in the days of segregation.

Brooklyn Community

Brooklyn was a vibrant community near Hendersonville’s old train depot.  It had a variety of Black-owned businesses before urban renewal projects reconfigured the area in the late 1960’s.

Pre-School Education – Eula B. Owens Play School

The Eula B. Owens Play School was opened in 1955 and named in honor of a woman who taught at Sixth Avenue School and Ninth Avenue for over 30 years. It began with a vision of three people at the Star of Bethel Missionary Baptist 

The Ninth Avenue School

The Ninth Avenue School The Ninth Avenue School served African American students from Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties from 1951 until 1965. In May of 1950 a grant for “ninety-six thousand, six hundred dollars and twenty-nine cents from the School Plant Construction and Repair Fund 

The Community Council

In the early 1960’s Henderson County’s Community Council successfully pressed for the desegregation of schools and other reforms. Excerpt from A Brief History of the Black Presence in Henderson County by Gary Franklin Green The year was 1960. The Civil Rights movement had given a 

Black-owned Businesses 1950-1970

The period from 1950 through 1965 brought change to Henderson County. The transition from the injustices of segregation to the equal rights guaranteed under the Constitution was a quiet, slow, and relatively smooth process. It did take courage to complete the process, but for the most part these 

Ninth Avenue School Year Books

All 16 of the Yearbooks from the Ninth Avenue School are available at: – Search Results – DigitalNC