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Picturing The Past: 'Transylvania Memories' Captures Oral History


October 8, 2018

L.C. Betsill's father, Victor, came to Brevard to work at Transylvania Tanning in the early 1920s. He opened his own barbershop, pictured here, on Carver Street in 1924.

"Transylvania Memories," published in 2011, captured the stories of some of Transylvania County's older residents through oral interviews. Peggy Hansen recorded their memories of growing up in the 1920s, local life during the Depression and into the 1940s and then compiled it into a book. Each chapter offers a unique perspective of growing up in what they all agree was a simpler time. L.C. Betsill shared his experiences growing up in the African-American community of Rosenwald.

When asked about segregation of schools and businesses, Betsill said, "People accepted a lot of thin...

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