THE EAST END/VALLEY STREET NEIGHBORHOOD

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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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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EAST END
VALLEY STREET

Neighborhood Association

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Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Park Community Work Day

May 27, 2022

Weather Permitting! Join us for a

community work day at the Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Park on Friday, May 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. Lynx Bergdahl, from Bountiful Cities, will be guiding us.

Please bring a mask to this event and expect to maintain 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.

This month we'll be focusing on mulching, 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. 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: https://www.facebook.com/Dr-George-Washington-Carver-Edible-Park-620672487948577

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West African
Dance Classes
at Stephens-Lee

Through May 31, 2022

Free West African Dance Classes start Tuesday, April 5 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Stephens-Lee. They will be every Tuesday until May 31. Traditional dance from the Ancient Mali Empire. Reconnect to the Source, feel the movement of the Earth and the timelessness of the Cosmos!

All levels are welcome!

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Historical Marker Dedication at St. Matthias' Church

May 27, 2022

St. Matthias' Episcopal Church is planning to dedicate it's historical marker next Sunday, May 29, during the 11 AM service. St. Matthias is located at 1 Dundee Street, Asheville. A Big Thanks to the EEVS Historical Marker Committee for making this happen!

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East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association Meeting

June 9, 2022

 There will be an East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association Meeting held on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 6pm

location TBA! 

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 (EastEndValleyStreet@gmail.com) so that we can see about fitting you into the agenda. 

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East End/Valley Street Community Heritage Festival

August 27, 2022

We Rise As One! The 2022 East End/Valley Street Community Heritage Festival will take place in MLK Park, 50 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, in Asheville on Saturday, August 27 from 10am to 9pm. There will be live music, vendors, food trucks, and a children’s area. The East End/Valley Street Community Heritage Festival Parade on MLK Drive starts at 12pm on Saturday from the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to MLK Park. This year's festival is in honor of the late Mack Moore of M&M Heating & Cooling. East End/Valley Street is Asheville's oldest African-American neighborhood. This is an alcohol free, family friendly festival! Come celebrate with us! Everyone is welcome! www.eastendvalleystreet.org/community-heritage-festival

 

GALLERY

East End/Valley Street Working Together!

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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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Executive Board
President - Renée White
Vice President - Alberta Williams
Secretary - Laura McPherson
Treasurer - Roberta Allen
Assistant Treasurer - Jim Abbot
Member at Large - Jané "Lupie" Morgan
Member at Large - Helen Lindberg
Newsletter Editor - Vera Williams 

 

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