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Asheville’s Monuments: Past, Present, & Future

10/17/2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Join us via Zoom on Saturday, October 17 at 4:00pm for a virtual symposium focusing on monuments and commemoration in Asheville presented by the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) in collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Our city, like many others, is currently wrestling with the meanings and fates of many controversial statues and monuments. This symposium aims to help facilitate community engagement and dialogue in advance of the Vance Monument Task Force’s anticipated report at the end of October with their recommendations for the Vance Monument and Pack Square.This program, hosted via Zoom, will feature several notable scholars and allow for audience questions.

Dr. Steve Nash, Dr. Dwight Mullen, and Dr. Fitzhugh Brundage will speak about:

  • The legacy of Zebulon Vance and his commemoration elsewhere in North Carolina as well as Statuary Hall
  • The historical uses of Pack Square for auctions of the enslaved as well as prominent and notable figures in the history of Asheville’s African-American community
  • The memorialization of the Lost Cause and Confederacy as well as the history and possible future of monuments in general
  • The Vance MonumentTask Force

The Details
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Zoom webinar; A link and instructions to view the live webinar will be sent to all registrants the week of the event. A recorded version of the webinar will be available to registrants unable to attend the live event one day after the event.
Cost: Free for WNCHA members. Click here to become a WNCHA member! (If you are uncertain of your WNCHA membership status, please email;  $5-$15 suggested donation for nonmembers.
Registration: Register at the bottom of the page.

About the Speakers
Steve Nash
 (Associate Professor, Department of History, East Tennessee State University) Dr. Nash is an associate professor of history at East Tennessee State University and the author of Reconstruction’s Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains.

Dwight Mullen (Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Asheville) As a Teaching Professor, Dr. Mullen was committed to both his students and to being professionally active. Specifically, he offered courses in public policy, American politics, and African and African-American politics. His scholarly activities included panels chaired and papers presented at meetings of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists; overseeing undergraduates’ research projects covering the State of Black Asheville; and serving in local, state, national, and international capacities that aim to improve the delivery of public services to underserved populations.

Fitzhugh Brundage (William Umstead Distinguished Professor, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Asheville)
Dr. Brundage’s general research interests are American history since the Civil War, with a particular focus on the American South. He has written on lynching, utopian socialism in the New South, white and black historical memory in the South since the Civil War, and the history of torture in the United States from the time of European contact to the twenty-first century. His current research project is a study of Civil War prisoner of war camps.


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Zoom Webinar
283 Victoria Road
Asheville, 28801


Western North Carolina Historical Association