You Can Help
Henderson County’s Black Heritage Website documents the achievements and challenges faced by local African Americans. It is being created by the community, for the community. Here’s how you can help.
Do you have a recipe, with a short history, for the Food Section of our website? How about old photos of the Brooklyn community before Urban Renewal? Do you have a video of a local gospel choir for the cultural life section? How about stories about the careers of your parents or grandparents? There were over 200 African American laundresses in Henderson County in 1930. What were their jobs really like? Can you share stories about the Civil Rights movement here in Henderson County? Do you know someone who could share the story of their first chance to vote?
Note: Everything that is shared will be archived for future use. All photos will be scanned and promptly returned. Items used for the website will be selected to provide a broad overview of the lives of African Americans of different periods of time, different careers, and different communities.
Oral History Volunteers
Do you have a story about your family’s history that you would like to share? How about sharing your work experiences in Henderson County? What about recollections from your school, church or sports team?
Could you help record or edit oral histories?
Coordinate Our Facebook Page
We need someone to help us keep in touch with the community through Facebook? Could you help?
If you have basic computer skills, could you spend a couple of hours a week scanning photos and other material for the website? A scanner will be available.
Learn more about the County’s African American Community by helping to review U.S. Census data available through the Committee’s Ancestry.com account. What kind of jobs did African Americans have and how did that change over time? When did the Black families living in Henderson County come and where did they come from? Did African Americans own their own homes? These are all projects that you can do from home. No experience necessary.
The Research Committee’s funds are currently being administered by the Community Foundation. 100% of all donations will be used to support its work here in Henderson County.