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Picturing The Past  


Last updated 1/20/2020 at 2:59pm

The New French Broad Baptist Church was constructed in 1962 but its roots go back to services started shortly after emancipation. (Courtesy photos)

This week's Picturing the Past article completes a series on the 2019 survey of African American heritage resources in Transylvania County by looking at sites outside of Brevard.

Most, if not all, of the early African Americans in what is today Transylvania County came here as slaves. After the Civil War, the African American population declined sharply from 450 in 1862 to 308 in 1870. Nearly two-thirds of the African Americans were living in Brevard or the Boyd Township (Pisgah Forest area) by 1870. Others lived in the Cathey's Creek, Dunn's Rock and Little River areas.

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