African American Heritage Commission

The City-County African American Heritage Commission consists of nine members. Three of those members are appointed by the Asheville City Council, three are appointed by the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, and three are appointed by the six appointed members.

The Commission is to advise the City Council and County Commissioners about the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of African American arts, history and culture.

Regular Scheduled Meetings

The African American Heritage Commission meets on the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in the first floor Conference Room of City Hall.

NOTICE: The next African American Heritage Commission meeting will be held remotely on July 8 at 4:30 p.m. 

The meeting will be streamed publicly by Buncombe County Zoom platform, meeting details below:

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Meeting ID: 875 4084 0160 ; Passcode: 276611


Member contact: Lynn Smith (Chair)

DeWayne Barton (Vice Chair)


For current openings and application visit: Asheville Boards and Commission page.


Agendas and Documents



July 8, 2021 Agenda July 8, 2021 Documents
June 17, 2021 Agenda – meeting CANCELLED  June 17, 2021 Documents
May 13, 2021 Agenda   
April 8, 2021 Agenda April 8, 2021 Documents
March 11, 2021 Agenda  March 11, 2021 Documents
November 20, 2020 Agenda November 20, 2020 Documents 
July 9, 2020 Agenda July 9, 2020 Documents
March 12, 2020 Agenda March 12, 2020 Documents
February 13, 2020 Agenda February 13, 2020 Documents
January 9, 2020 Agenda January 9, 2020 Documents
November 14, 2019 Agenda November 14, 2019 Documents
October 10, 2019 Agenda October 10, 2019 Documents


Updated 03/05/21 ST



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