Our 2018 Multiple Property Document about 20th century African American civil rights is being used as the basis for a statewide civil rights tour by Heritage Ohio.
We also prepared the National Register nomination for the Manse Hotel. It was fascinating thing of Frank Robinson having breakfast before Cincinnati Reds ballgames and the fact that James Brown may have stayed there at the same time. What a potential breakfast conversation!
In 2019 Owen & Eastlake conducted the Asheville African American Heritage Survey in Asheville, North Carolina. The National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund provided a grant for the project, which was administered by the City of Asheville Department of Planning and Urban Design.
Owen & Eastlake initially identified historic black neighborhoods using the 1938 Works Progress Administration Real Estate Index. Two community meetings were conducted to identify sites, and interested community members were asked to participate in oral history interviews.
Owen & Eastlake worked with a community advisory board to identify survey themes, which included identification of buildings and sites that had survived numerous city urban renewal projects from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. The board’s input was the underpinning for subsequent research and field work that identified churches, schools, parks, and other institutional sites important to Asheville’s black heritage.
In all, the Owen & Eastlank team identified six historic African American neighborhoods and inventoried 71 historic buildings and sites.