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John Marable, Principal of the Ninth Avenue School

After serving as Principal of the Ninth Avenue School, John Marable played an important role in community organizations like the United Way, the Council on Aging and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. https://www.blueridgenow.com/article/NC/20010428/News/606057453/HT

The Society of Necessity / The Ninth Avenue School

The Society of Necessity / The Ninth Avenue School

The Society of Necessity’s Oakdale Cemetery in East Flat Rock, Photo by the Black History Research Group The Ninth Avenue School served African American students from Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties from 1951 until 1965. In May of 1950 a grant for “ninety-six thousand, six 

Principal John Marable

John Marable was an innovative principal who instituted sports teams and a marching band, and led the transition from the Sixth Avenue School to the larger, better equipped Ninth Avenue School John Marable became principal of Sixth Avenue School in 1946, and during his thirteen 

The Sixth Avenue School

Although its resources were limited, the Sixth Avenue School had dedicated teachers. The school also served as a African-American community center from 1916 until l951. The Sixth Avenue School was constructed at the northeast comer of Sixth Avenue and Valley Street in 1916 on one 

Education in Henderson County From 1865 Until 1916

Although in theory Black schools were supposed to be equal to White schools, in reality they never received adequate funding. There are very few records for the Henderson County schools relating to Blacks, but it appears that education for Blacks in Henderson County had been 

Overview of African American Education Before Integration

Through the hard work of many people, Henderson County’s Black schools endured, persevered, and often prospered in less than ideal circumstances. The story of the advances in education for Black students in Henderson County, from the years following the Civil War to the eventual integration 

BLACK BOTTOM

BLACK BOTTOM

Donald R. “Donnie” Parks, Hendersonville’s First African-American Chief of Police.   Photo by Terry Ruscin   The real estate bounded by Kanuga, Barnwell and South Church Streets once hosted “Black Bottom,” a hamlet of stilt houses occupied by members of Hendersonville’s African American townspeople. The houses, 

St. Paul Tabernacle AME Zion Church

St. Paul Tabernacle AME Zion Church

St. Paul Tabernacle AME Zion Church. Founded in 1878, St. Paul is one of the oldest African American churches in Hendersonville.   Shaw’s Creek A.M.E. Zion Church had begun in 1865 when a group of people from Horseshoe, N.C., persevered in their desire to worship 

Mill Pond and Free Blacks

Mill Pond and Free Blacks

Mill Pond and Free Blacks Some black residents who are having difficulties tracing their family to the period before the Civil War have speculated their ancestors may have been free and not slaves. Legends and stories have been passed down for generations that there were 

Sam Mills

Sam Mills

Photo Credit: Samuel Austin Mills Courtesy of Shirley Jackson Davidson and St. Paul Tabernacle AME Zion Church Sam Mills  As a young man, Samuel Austin “Sam” Mills (1909–1993) worked for English Brothers Shoe Repair, a job he held for forty years, serving first as a