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 

The Society of Necessity

While the Kingdom of the Happy Land was realizing its commitment to communal living in south Henderson County, in what is now the East Flat Rock area, another form of community self-help was taking place. Again, like the people of the Happy Land, the needs 

The Kingdom of the Happy Land

From A Brief History of the Black Presence in Henderson County by Gary Franklin Green Throughout the history of Henderson County no other chapter is perhaps so intriguing and yet so veiled in mystery as the efforts of a group of freed slaves to establish 

MLK Unity Breakfast

Hendersonville’s annual Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast promotes understanding, collaboration and unity.   https://www.cfhcforever.org/impact-insights/funds-in-focus/mlk-unity

Black Bottom

The people of Black Bottom in southern Hendersonville had a community group to govern and police the neighborhood to avoid crime.   https://books.google.hn/books?id=WOR2CQAAQBAJ&pg=PT205&lpg=PT205&dq=african+american+history+henderson+county+north+carolina+ruscin&source=bl&ots=wi83bjqSfs&sig=ACfU3U2JecXnQUxemlFkAxG8MvyrtyrM-A&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=african%20american%20history%20henderson%20county%20north%20carolina%20ruscin&f=false

The Kingdom of Happy Land

Freed slaves founded the Kingdom of Happy Land in the 1870’s near today’s Lake Summit. With money they earned as porters carrying packages up the mountain to Saluda, they bought land from the Davis family’s plantation, Oakland.  There is little documentation about the Kingdom and