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Picturing The Past: Hall Recorded History Of Black Community


October 29, 2018

Nathaniel Hall, pictured here with his sister Selena Robinson, received the Transylvania County Historical Society's 2004 Preservation Award for his accounts of community heritage and other writings. (Courtesy photo)

Nathaniel Hall was born in Brevard to D.C. and Etta Gash Hall on Jan. 17, 1916. Hall was educated at Rosenwald School. He moved to Washington, D.C., where he earned both a B.S. and M.A. in education. Hall taught social studies in the public school system for many years.

When Transylvania County began preparing for its centennial celebration, Mary Jane McCrary asked Hall to write a history of the African-American people of the county. Written in 1961, Nathaniel Hall's book "The Colored People of Transylvania County" remains an excellent source for the years of 1861-1961. Because of the lack...

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