The East End is Rising!

East End/Valley Street is the oldest and most historically significant African-American neighborhood in Asheville. Once the center of African-American life in Asheville, the neighborhood was connected to The Block (Eagle, Market Streets) and Valley Street (now South Charlotte), which was the heart of the neighborhood. The Block — home of the historic YMI Cultural Center, a pharmacy, law offices, other businesses and recreation — was once a draw for African-Americans from the entire region where renowned celebrities and musicians from across the country performed.


It is in East End/Valley Street that almost all of the first African-American churches of various denominations were located—St. Matthias’ Episcopal, Nazareth First Missionary Baptist, Calvary Presbyterian, St. James’ AME, Hopkins Chapel AME Zion, and Berry Temple Methodist Episcopal. It is here that the city’s first school for black students was established—at St. Matthias’ in 1867. It was here that two of the most significant schools for African-Americans in the city were located—Allen High School, a private (Methodist) school for girls, and Stephens-Lee High School, a public school that became something of a community center and a center for black culture and education for the whole region in the mid-Twentieth Century.

In the 1970s, Asheville’s urban renewal projects changed everything. Long ignored by the city, the neighborhood’s infrastructure and many homes were in code violation. At that time a significant portion of the neighborhood was razed, not only changing the face of the neighborhood, but connections between families and friends were unalterably changed. Residents were dispersed all across the city — some never to return. Read more about East End/Valley Street and urban renewal here: Twilight of a Neighborhood

The neighborhood has recently seen a surge in development with infill building of apartments and single-family homes. For sale signs are popping up on parcels no one ever expected to be developed. That development, and closeness to town, has brought about a shift in demographics from predominately African-American family homes to many white families moving in. Located within a few minutes walk from downtown, the East End has become a location of choice for people looking for the “Asheville lifestyle.”

Established in 2010, the East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association has re-constituted itself. 
Old and new residents are now working side by side in a concerted effort to re-create that lost sense of community, preserve and protect our rich African-American heritage, re-connect the two parts of what was once a single unified neighborhood, and make sure that the neighborhood and its residents are actively involved in any decisions affecting their future. Once again, as the Association’s motto boldly proclaims,“The East End Is Rising!”

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The East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association

stands with

Black Lives Matter

and will fight to end racism and unfair unjust treatment of

Black people.

Racial prejudice changes when hearts change.

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Community Activities for Everyone to Enjoy

East End/Valley Street residents are close-knit and special. The goal of the East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association is to enhance and improve the lives of the people who live here, worship here, or call it "home". Join us!

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Neighborhood Association

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Mad Jumps
at Stephens-Lee

July 7 - August 4 , 2021

Participants 5 and up will engage in beginner, intermediate, and expert level classes, while learning the complexity of jumping rope.

Wednesdays July 7 - August 4

6-7PM Stephens-Lee
Recreation Center. To sign up, contact: Shadea Jackson at

Register Online:

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East End/Valley Street

August 12 , 2021

There will be an East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association Meeting held on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 6pm via Zoom! Rasheeda McDaniels from the Buncombe County Community Engagement Team will be at the meeting to discuss the new Buncombe County Property Tax Grants. This meeting is for East End/Valley Street residents only. If you are not a resident and would like to present something to the neighborhood, please contact us so that we can see about fitting you into the agenda. To sign on to the meeting see Zoom details below:

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Block Party

August 20, 2021

Come on out to one of the Stephens-Lee Block Parties held the

third Friday

of July and August from 6pm to 10pm.

The next one is on August 20.

There will be food, games and a live DJ!

Hope to see you there!

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Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Park Community Workday

August 27, 2021

Join us for another community workday at the Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Park Friday, August 27 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm! The park is located at 30 George Washington Carver Avenue. There is parking in the Stephens Lee Recreation Center parking lot. Alex Bergdahl, from Bountiful Cities, will be guiding us. 

Please bring a mask to this event and expect to be maintaining social distance practices. We will have some extra tools for folks to use as well as hand sanitizer, but any gloves, loppers, pruners or weeding tools you can bring are much appreciated. Update on the bathrooms at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center: they will be open for the workday. Yea!

This month we'll be focusing on mulching pathways, light tree pruning, and as always, clearing invasives. Will include a hands on demo of each technique as well as a tour of the park. This will be a recurring event every fourth Friday of the month. Come give your time and support to Asheville's first edible forest ecosystem! We look forward to seeing you!

The community workdays being presented for the residents of the City of Asheville are in partnership with the City of Asheville.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Park Facebook Page:



East End/Valley Street Working Together!

East End/Valley Street President

Renee' White

2018 Asheville Volunteer

of the Year


2020 Cothinkk Leadership Award Winner


Volunteers Stock 

East End/Valley Street 

Food Pantry

MLK Park Playground Dedication


East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association

PO Box 7341

Asheville, NC 28802

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